Osteoporosis or porous bone is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break due to low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue.

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Osteoporosis is a major public health threat and i f not prevented or left untreated, it can develop painlessly until a bone breaks and causes a facture. Facture usually occur in the hip, spine, and wrist. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery. It can cause a person inability to walk and may cause prolonged or permanent disability or even death. Spinal or vertebral fractures can also cause problems such as loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.

Osteoporosis can occur at any age. Women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease. Women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the five to seven years following menopause, making them more vulnerable to osteoporosis.  It is a know fact that one out of every two women and one in eight men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

Osteoporosis can be difficult to detect in the beginning because bone loss occurs without symptoms.  People may not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a sudden strain or fall causes a fracture. Some of the risk factors that can cause Osteoporosis are, history of fracture after age 50, current low bone mass, advanced age, family history of osteoporosis, estrogen deficiency, abnormal absence of menstrual periods, low lifetime calcium intake, Vitamin D deficiency, low testosterone levels in men, an inactive lifestyle and or excessive use of alcohol.

Other sources of information for these topics.

National Osteoporosis Foundation
Fighting osteoporosis and promoting bone health. Includes news, resources for patients and professionals, and information on advocacy and prevention.

NIH ORBD-NRC - Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases
To provide health professionals, patients and the public with current information on metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis, Paget's disease, ...

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