Osteoporosis directly affects the bones causing them to become weak and breakable — so frail that a fall or in some cases a mild stress such as bending over, or coughing can result in a fracture. The most commonly occur fractures happen in the hip, wrist or spine.
We know that bones are living tissues that are constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis happens when the production of new bone doesn't keep up with the loss of old bone.
The disease affects men and women of all races. But research has found that white and Asian women especially older women who are past menopause are at highest risk. There is treatments that can prevent bone loss or even strengthen weak bones; Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise are all ways to treat the disease.
• Bones that break more easily than commonly.
• Loss of height over time
• Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra.
• A stooped posture.
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