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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:

  • Age

  • Sex

  • Body size

  • Race

  • Family history

  • Hormones

  • Medications

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 Resources:

Osteoporosis Overview NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases - National Resource Center

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