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How many people will break a bone due to osteoporosis?

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About half of all women over age 50 and about one in four men will break a bone due to osteoporosis. But there are many things you can do to prevent osteoporosis and avoid fractures. For instance, make sure you get plenty of calcium in your daily diet. You can get calcium from both foods and supplements. You can also check your osteoporosis risk factors and change those you can control. For example, stop smoking if you are a smoker. If you need them, your doctor can make recommendations about using osteoporosis medications.

From: Causes of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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