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Osteoporosis

Weakening of the bones is the primary characteristic of osteoporosis. As the bones deteriorate, the patient becomes more prone to fractures.

Osteoporosis can affect people of all walks of life. This condition is a silent, destructive disorder. It generally starts out with no visible symptoms. A person may seem healthy, engaging in various physical activities. The first indicator, unfortunately, usually starts with a fracture or broken bone.

The risk factors of osteoporosis include age, sex, family history, obesity, personal history and medications.

If anyone in your family had osteoporosis, you may have a higher risk of developing this bone problem. Gender also is a contributing factor, as women are at an increased risk of having osteoporosis. Age the risk of osteoporosis, too. This is why women over 50 have the greatest risk.

Having a petite or thin body frame and being small-boned translates to higher osteoporosis risk. Steroids, thyroid medications, antacids and anticonvulsants may also contribute to a greater risk of osteoporosis.

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