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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.
Rush Midlife Center addresses health needs of women going through perimenopause

Rush Midlife Center addresses health needs of women going through perimenopause

Boise State professors win $37,000 grant from NASA to study impact of bone loss in space

Boise State professors win $37,000 grant from NASA to study impact of bone loss in space

Estrogen uses certain cell type as 'mediator' for beneficial effects on the bone, research shows

Estrogen uses certain cell type as 'mediator' for beneficial effects on the bone, research shows

Study assesses upper, lower extremity muscle function in Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type IV

Study assesses upper, lower extremity muscle function in Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type IV

Brief bursts of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity linked to better bone health in women

Brief bursts of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity linked to better bone health in women

Fermented red clover extract decreases number and severity of menopausal hot flushes

Fermented red clover extract decreases number and severity of menopausal hot flushes

Osteoporosis medication effectively protects against hip fracture in elderly people treated with cortisone

Osteoporosis medication effectively protects against hip fracture in elderly people treated with cortisone

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy negatively impacts development of children

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy negatively impacts development of children

Ground breaking study dispels myth that vitamin D2 and D3 have same nutritional value

Ground breaking study dispels myth that vitamin D2 and D3 have same nutritional value

Late adolescent years found to be key period for gaining bone mineral

Late adolescent years found to be key period for gaining bone mineral

Female survivors of childhood cancer have high risk for ovarian condition that causes infertility

Female survivors of childhood cancer have high risk for ovarian condition that causes infertility

Comprehensive surgical options could benefit osteoporosis patients with medication-related jaw necrosis

Comprehensive surgical options could benefit osteoporosis patients with medication-related jaw necrosis

New therapeutic approach offers hope for individuals with debilitating bone cancer

New therapeutic approach offers hope for individuals with debilitating bone cancer

Study suggests that over 80 % of Spanish schoolchildren consume excess salt

Study suggests that over 80 % of Spanish schoolchildren consume excess salt

MILabs installs advanced microCT system at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei

MILabs installs advanced microCT system at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei

New market dynamics and regulation are key themes 8th Annual Biosimilars Industry Summit

New market dynamics and regulation are key themes 8th Annual Biosimilars Industry Summit

High intake of vegetable protein may protect women from early menopause

High intake of vegetable protein may protect women from early menopause

Review highlights effective treatment options for managing patients with T2D and osteoporosis

Review highlights effective treatment options for managing patients with T2D and osteoporosis

NAMS publishes new position statement on use of hormone therapy to relieve menopause symptoms

NAMS publishes new position statement on use of hormone therapy to relieve menopause symptoms

UAB medical professionals provide few tips to help men get healthy

UAB medical professionals provide few tips to help men get healthy