What is Osteoporosis?

Bones are living tissue made up of calcium and other minerals. When you have osteoporosis, the tissue breaks down faster than it is replaced. This makes bones become thinner (lose mass) and more likely to break (fracture) with pressure or due to a fall. Read More >>

Osteoporosis Symptoms

Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Because osteoporosis develops over years, you may not be aware you have it until you break a bone, notice a loss in height or find that your upper back bends forward. Read More >>

Osteoporosis Causes

Age, gender, family history, lifestyle habits and certain medical conditions, procedures and medications can increase one's risk for osteoporosis. Read More >>

Osteoporosis Diagnosis

Diagnosing osteoporosis is based on a physical examination, diagnostic tests and information about personal and family medical history, diet, medications and fractures. Read More >>

Osteoporosis Treatment

There are two types of medications for osteoporosis – ones that slow the rate of bone loss (antiresorptive) and ones that increase the rate of bone formation (anabolic). Read More >>

Osteoporosis Self Care

Taking a proactive part in osteoporosis treatment is important. Ways to improve your health include getting more exercise, eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and reducing unhealthy habits like smoking or excessive drinking. Read More >>

More About Osteoporosis

With osteoporosis, bone tissue breaks down faster than it is replaced. Learn more about osteoporosis including supplements, ways to keep your bones strong, and bone loss. Read More >>