If we detect osteoporosis early, we can prevent broken bones by rebuilding and fortifying your skeletal system. So getting checked is crucial.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak, thinning bones. This leaves the bones at greater risk of breaking. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists.

What Causes Osteoporosis?

The exact cause for osteoporosis is unknown. But a number of factors contribute to the disease including:

  • Aging: Bones become less dense and weaker with age.
  • Race: White and Asian women are most at risk. But, all races may get the disease.
  • Body weight: People who weigh less and have less muscle are more at risk for this condition.
  • Lifestyle factors: Lack of physical activity, caffeine use, excessive alcohol use, smoking, dietary calcium, and vitamin D deficiency may all increase your risk.
  • Certain medicines: Some medicines may increase your risk.
  • Family history: Having a family history of bone disease may increase your risk.

Who is at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis affects over 10 million Americans over the age of 50. Women are 4 times more likely to get osteoporosis than men.

Another 34 million Americans older than age 50 have low bone mass (osteopenia). This group is at a greater risk for osteoporosis.

Low estrogen is one of the main causes of bone loss in women during and after menopause. Women may lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the 5 to 7 years after menopause.

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