Osteoporosis: Putting It All Together

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to osteoporosis.

  • Osteoporosis means thinning of the bones. If bones become thin enough, they break more easily. After fractures, activities can be limited and the risk of death may increase, especially after age 65.
  • Osteoporosis may not be outwardly apparent until a fracture occurs, but it can be detected before the first fracture with a bone density test.
  • Osteoporosis occurs in both sexes but is more common in women.
  • Tests to detect the condition at its earliest and most easily treated stage are easy, quick, and safe.
  • There are effective ways to prevent many of the causes of osteoporosis. Some people are at much greater risk of developing osteoporosis, but they can reduce this risk by removing certain risk factors.
  • Osteoporosis can be prevented with some simple lifestyle measures. It is never too early to take preventive action against osteoporosis and never too late to begin treatment to prevent future fractures.
  • Today, therapies exist that not only can reverse osteoporosis, but also lower the chance of fractures in the spine, hip, and wrist.

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