Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to an increased risk of fractures, typically in the hip, spine and wrist.
Some key facts about osteoporosis:

Some common questions about osteoporosis:

What causes osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is caused by an imbalance between bone resorption and bone formation. As we age, bone breakdown overtakes bone building, leading to bone loss. In women, estrogen decline at menopause accelerates this process.

How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

Osteoporosis is diagnosed with a bone mineral density (BMD) test. This test uses X-rays to measure bone loss. If your BMD score is 2.5 standard deviations or more below that of a healthy 30 year old adult, you are diagnosed with osteoporosis.

How is osteoporosis treated?

I hope this overview on osteoporosis gives you a better understanding of this "silent disease". Please let me know if you have any other questions! Osteoporosis may be common, but it doesn't have to be inevitable.

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