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What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that results in weakened bones that are more prone to fractures. It occurs when there is an imbalance during the body's natural process of bone remodeling, in which bone breakdown exceeds bone formation.
What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis has no symptoms until there is a fracture. So you usually have no warning until it is in the advanced stages.
What causes osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis results from an imbalance in the bone remodeling cycle, which occurs because of menopause, ageing, or as a result of a range of disorders.
Who gets osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis can affect anyone, but it is by far most common in those over the age of 60. It is also more common in women than in men.
How is osteoporosis diagnosed?
Osteoporosis is diagnosed using scans that check bone density and by the occurrence of fractures.
How is osteoporosis treated?
Osteoporosis is treated with a range of medications that work to either stop the breakdown of bone, or aid the creation of new bone.
Can osteoporosis be cured?
Osteoporosis can't be cured, but treatment can prevent it, or reduce further bone loss.
Can osteoporosis be prevented?
If you are at high risk of developing osteoporosis, treatment can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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