What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis--or loss of bone--is a disease reaching epidemic proportions, particularly in older people. This disease causes bones to become fragile and to break more easily. It is estimated that 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and an additional 18 million have low bone mass--which puts them at a risk for fracture, accompanying pain, and debilitation.

The good news is that osteoporosis can be treated and, even better, prevented. A simple bone mineral density test can identify who is at risk. Appropriate changes in diet and lifestyle and the use of newer medications can help improve bone mass and prevent fractures.

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