Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” is a progressive bone health disease in which creation of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone. Bones that become weak or brittle may be caused by not absorbing enough calcium. This can cause bones, especially in the spine, hip or wrist, to break more easily.
Osteoporosis can occur in men and women, but it is most common in women after menopause. Since osteoporosis, known as the “silent disease,” often has no early warning signs. It is important for people in mid-life to be monitored for risk of developing osteoporosis.
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