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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. As many as half of all women older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Risk factors include:

Getting older
Being small and thin
Having a family history of osteoporosis
Taking certain medicines
Being a white or Asian woman
Having osteopenia, which is low bone mass

Osteoporosis is a silent disease. There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

You might not know you have it until you break a bone. A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health. To keep bones strong, eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise and do not smoke.

Symptoms occurring late in the disease include:

Bone pain or tenderness
Fractures with little or no trauma
Loss of height (as much as 6 inches) over time
Low back pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
Neck pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
Stooped posture called a "dowager's hump"

The goals of osteoporosis treatment are to:

Control pain from the disease
Slow down or stop bone loss
Prevent bone fractures with medicines that strengthen bone
Minimize the risk of falls that might cause fractures
There are several different treatments for osteoporosis, including lifestyle changes.
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