Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone that thins and weakens the bones making them susceptible to breaking. Fractures occur primarily in the wrist, rib, spine and hip, but may occur in other bones as well. This can happen as a result of normal, daily activities, such as stepping off of a curb. Each year osteoporosis is responsible for 1,500,000 fractures in the U.S.
Who is at risk?
If you are a woman, you have a high risk of developing osteoporosis. One half of women over the age of 50 have it. But men get it as well; one-fourth of men over 50 have thinning of the bones.
The good newsis that osteoporosis is preventable. If you already have it, there are treatments involving diet, exercise and life style. And the fracturing associated with it is not inevitable.
For more information about this condition, check out one of the many books at your local SCCLD library.