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Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic bone disease that causes a decrease in bone density and gives rise to weak, fragile bones that are prone to fracture. Most commonly, these fractures occur in the spine, wrist and hips when a person falls or bumps into something. If such an event triggers a visit to the doctor, a test of the bone mineral density called a DEXA scan may be performed and reveal osteoporosis.

The term osteoporosis refers to the porous (spongy) state of bone that eventually manifests as the bone’s ability to replenish itself declines over time. When individuals reach the age of around 40, the rate of bone breakdown starts to exceed the rate at which it is replaced, creating increasingly larger holes in the bone that make it less dense and more prone to fracture.

Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis such as gender, age and family history for the condition cannot be changed. However, factors such as diet and activity level can be improved to increase bone strength and individuals are advised to exercise regularly, eat a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, and quit any smoking or drinking habits.

Osteoporosis is currently thought to be affecting more than 200 million people worldwide but is most common among older, post-menopausal women who have reduced levels of estrogen, an important contributor to bone health.
Probiotics could cut age-related bone loss in elderly women

Probiotics could cut age-related bone loss in elderly women

BetterYou’s new Magnesium Bone Lotion helps maximize bone health

BetterYou’s new Magnesium Bone Lotion helps maximize bone health

Circulating bone turnover markers not linked to hip fracture risk, shows study

Circulating bone turnover markers not linked to hip fracture risk, shows study

Women with higher vitamin D blood levels have lower risk for breast cancer

Women with higher vitamin D blood levels have lower risk for breast cancer

Chronic use of opioids related to increased risk of fracture nonunion

Chronic use of opioids related to increased risk of fracture nonunion

Naturally occurring antibody can block inflammation in mice, finds study

Naturally occurring antibody can block inflammation in mice, finds study

Researchers identify biomarkers that may predict risk of osteolysis

Researchers identify biomarkers that may predict risk of osteolysis

Prostate cancer survivors at higher risk of developing chronic diseases, study shows

Prostate cancer survivors at higher risk of developing chronic diseases, study shows

Combining football with dietary guidance helps improve fitness, health in older prediabetics

Combining football with dietary guidance helps improve fitness, health in older prediabetics

Strenuous exercise in teenage years may protect against height loss later in life

Strenuous exercise in teenage years may protect against height loss later in life

Eczema drug alleviates asthma symptoms and improves lung function

Eczema drug alleviates asthma symptoms and improves lung function

New expert consensus reviews benefits and safety of dietary protein for bone health

New expert consensus reviews benefits and safety of dietary protein for bone health

Osteoporosis drug may be cardioprotective in hip fracture patients

Osteoporosis drug may be cardioprotective in hip fracture patients

Study shows how anxiety levels are linked to increased fracture risk in women

Study shows how anxiety levels are linked to increased fracture risk in women

Baldness treatment using a medication for osteoporosis

Baldness treatment using a medication for osteoporosis

New study launched to examine effects of rheumatologic agent on bone health

New study launched to examine effects of rheumatologic agent on bone health

Study finds incidence of fractures in 15% of osteoporosis patients who take 'drug holidays'

Study finds incidence of fractures in 15% of osteoporosis patients who take 'drug holidays'

Osteoporosis drug prevents spread of basal-like breast cancer in mice

Osteoporosis drug prevents spread of basal-like breast cancer in mice

Combining natural cures with biomedical devices improves bone health, growth

Combining natural cures with biomedical devices improves bone health, growth

New treatment option appears promising for patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

New treatment option appears promising for patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis