How common is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is quite common. Over a million Australians are affected by it.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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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.
Osteoporosis has no symptoms until there is a fracture. So you usually have no warning until it is in the advanced stages.
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.
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.
Osteoporosis is diagnosed using scans that check bone density and by the occurrence of fractures.
Osteoporosis is treated with a range of medications that work to either stop the breakdown of bone, or aid the creation of new bone.
Osteoporosis can't be cured, but treatment can prevent it, or reduce further bone loss.
If you are at high risk of developing osteoporosis, treatment can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis.