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  • What is Osteoporosis?

    What is Osteoporosis?

    When you have osteoporosis, it means you have low bone mass, and your bone tissue is... Play Video
  • What causes Osteoporosis?

    What causes Osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis is when your bones deteriorate, putting you more at risk for fractures. Play Video
  • Am I at risk for Osteoporosis?

    Am I at risk for Osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis generally affects older women and men, but it can occur in people as young as 35.... Play Video
  • Eating well

    Eating well

    Whether you have osteoporosis or are trying to prevent it, diet is very important. Play Video
  • Staying active

    Staying active

    Physical activity is one of your best weapons against osteoporosis. Play Video

Diagnosing Osteoporosis

Many people don't even know they have osteoporosis, because there aren't any symptoms. It's often called "the silent thief" because it steals away a person's bone mass without them realizing it. The major risk factors for osteoporosis are early menopause, fractures with minimal trauma in people 40 or older, a family history of osteoporosis, chronic steroid use, and medical conditions like Celiac Disease and Crohn's Disease. If you have any risk factors, talk to your doctor. If you detect your osteoporosis early on, you can take action to prevent fractures and broken bones.

Last modified: 2012-03-06