|Osteoporosis: A debilitating disease that
can be prevented and treated.
is a disease in which bones become fragile and
more likely to break. If not prevented or if
left untreated, osteoporosis can progress
painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken
bones, also known as fractures, occur typically
in the hip, spine, and wrist.
Any bone can be affected, but
of special concern are fractures of the hip and
spine. A hip fracture almost always requires
hospitalization and major surgery. It can impair
a person's ability to walk unassisted and may
cause prolonged or permanent disability or even
death. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have
serious consequences, including loss of height,
severe back pain, and deformity.
Millions of Americans are at risk. While
women are four times more likely than men to
develop the disease, men also suffer from
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