Osteoporosis is a condition that causes fragile bones, and it affects more than28 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. Those with osteoporosis areat an increased risk for hip, wrist and spine fractures, often from relativelyminor falls. These fractures can be difficult to treat and require hip reconstructionand challenging rehabilitation. And fractures arent the only risk osteoporosisalso can cause loss of height, restricted mobility, and a humped back.
The good news about osteoporosis is that it is preventable. Adults normally reachthe peak of bone mass around age 30, and from then on, bones gradually decreasein bone mass. That means everyone, even young adults and teens, can start now to build bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
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- Osteoporosis Health Information
- How Osteoporosis Affects Bones
- View our OR-Live roundtable discussion with local physicians and health experts about maintaining bone health and treatment options
- National Osteoporosis Foundation