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What is osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of broken bones, or "fractures."

Many times, osteoporosis is not discovered until a bone has fractured, usually in the back or hips. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent osteoporosis from occurring. And treatments can slow the disease if you already have it.

From: Osteoporosis and Menopause WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Osteoporosis Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center. Women's Health Initiative. The Food and Drug Administration. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Menopause and Heart Disease."; ACP Clinical Guidelines Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 27, 2017

SOURCES: National Osteoporosis Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center. Women's Health Initiative. The Food and Drug Administration. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Menopause and Heart Disease."; ACP Clinical Guidelines Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 27, 2017

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