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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.
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Northwestern Medicine launches new Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause

TSRI scientists develop molecular model for improving design of osteoporosis treatments

TSRI scientists develop molecular model for improving design of osteoporosis treatments

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New clinical guide reveals effects of calcium in lowering postmenopausal osteoporosis risk

Study finds no link between PPI use and bone fractures in patients with Barrett's esophagus

Study finds no link between PPI use and bone fractures in patients with Barrett's esophagus

University of Akron researcher awarded NSF grant to study bone remodeling

University of Akron researcher awarded NSF grant to study bone remodeling

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Novel 3D-printed spine models to provide surgical training before live operations

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Estrogen acts as upstream regulator for energy metabolism and muscle cell viability, study finds

UAB researchers detail underlying mechanism leading to age-associated osteoporosis

UAB researchers detail underlying mechanism leading to age-associated osteoporosis

Study compares effect of two osteoporosis medicines on fractures

Study compares effect of two osteoporosis medicines on fractures

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Steroid hormones could provide new insight into age-related bone loss

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Young men have lowest risk of relapse after antireflux surgery, study finds

Young men have lowest risk of relapse after antireflux surgery, study finds

New medication shows potential to reduce fracture risk in women with osteoporosis

New medication shows potential to reduce fracture risk in women with osteoporosis

Researchers identify factors that predict frailty transitions in older men

Researchers identify factors that predict frailty transitions in older men

Largest ever genetic study paves way for potential osteoporosis treatment

Largest ever genetic study paves way for potential osteoporosis treatment

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Tiny tears in membranes of bone cells may be key to strong bones

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Traditional Chinese herb may hold key to new osteoporosis therapy for preventing bone loss

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