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.
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.
Osteoporosis means "porous bones." Our bones are strongest at about age 30, then begin to lose density.
Menopause, heredity, a low-calcium diet, lack of exercise, and smoking are among the factors that contribute to causing osteoporosis.
Women are four times more likely to get osteoporosis than men, but men still get it.