Osteoporosis is a “silent” disease because you typically do not have symptoms, and you may not even know you have the disease until you break a bone.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition where bones become weak and are more likely to break.
Eight million U.S. women have osteoporosis, 50% of women will have a fracture in their lifetime and 25% of women will die in the first year following hip fracture. Menopause is a time when women’s bodies change significantly, with associated losses in bone strength and an increased risk of osteoporosis.
- Johns Hopkins University
What are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?
Most people will not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. Screening is important, and recommended for women who are 50-65 years old.
Who is Most Effected by Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is most common in Asian and non-hispanic white women, however everyone is at risk. Your chances increase as you get older.
What are the Causes & Risk Factors of Osteoporosis?
There are many causes and risk factors of Osteoporosis, such as:
How is Osteoporosis Treated?
Take medications to strengthen your bones
Eat a diet that includes calcium and vitamin D
Perform weight-bearing exercises regularly
Do not smoke
Do not consume alcohol
You may also be prescribed medication.
Osteoporosis Quick Facts
You may not know you have Osteoporosis until you break a bone
Osteoporosis is most common in older women
Screening can help prevent a broken bone
Osteoporosis Overview NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases - National Resource Center