Osteoporosis is a condition causing brittleness and weakness of the bones.
Osteoporosis, or thinning bones, can result in painful fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormones or menopause, smoking, and some medications. Prevention and treatment include calcium and vitamin D, exercise, and osteoporosis medications.
A person is often not aware that he or she has osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. But there are occasionally symptoms of the disorder, which could include:
A gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture.
Fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip.
Osteoporosis treatments include the “basic CDE’s” -- calcium(C), vitamin D (D), weight-bearing exercise (E), prevention of Falls (F), and bone-friendly medicines.