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Learn about osteoporosis and take action against this silent disease.You may not know you have it until your thinned, weakened bones fracture in a bump or fall.

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis weakens bones and increases the risk of unexpected fractures. Serious consequences can occur with some fractures. Read this overview article about osteoporosis and how to keep your bones strong.

Want to see what a bone with osteoporosis looks like, compared to a healthy bone? This link will show you photos of normal and osteoporotic bone.


Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease. It can be prevented with a healthy diet and staying physically active. Learn about factors that can make bones stronger or weaker. 

Most spinal compression fractures are never diagnosed because many patients and families think the back pain is merely a sign of aging and arthritis. These weakened bones cause the spine to collapse. Read more.

Are You at Risk?

See what factors increase risk of osteoporosis.

Think you know all about osteoporosis? Chances are, some of the things you think you know about osteoporosis risk factors may be wrong.

Find out what risk factors increase the chances of osteoporosis in men.


Osteoporosis can be prevented. People of all ages can get involved in protecting their bones.  Exercise and a healthy diet can cut osteoporosis risk. Here are some tips for keeping your bones strong.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. And we need more vitamin D as we get older. Are you getting enough? If your diet doesn’t contain sufficient amounts of this bone saver, supplements may help. Read about vitamin D deficiency.

If you're at high risk for compression fractures, it's critical to take action. Read more.


A lot of people think that osteoporosis and bone loss should simply be accepted as a normal part of getting older. But they’re wrong. You can prevent further bone loss.


Get answers to common questions about how to prevent weak and brittle bones.


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