Introduction: Osteoporosis


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Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a disease that usually affects seniors and the elderly, where the bones thin and weaken from calcium depletion. Many women and also a lot of men suffer from thin bones and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, many are not diagnosed until they actually suffer a fracture. Most people with low bone mass remain undiagnosed with up to 18 million Americans in this category compared to about 10 million actually diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing to an increased risk of fracture. Bone strength reflects the integration of two main features: bone density and bone quality. Osteoporosis is the most common of the bone diseases that affect Americans. Although it is the underlying cause of most fractures in older people, the condition is silent and undetected in many cases until a fracture occurs.1

Researching symptoms of Osteoporosis: Further information about the symptoms of Osteoporosis is available including a list of symptoms of Osteoporosis, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Osteoporosis, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Osteoporosis: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Osteoporosis, failure to diagnose Osteoporosis, underlying causes of Osteoporosis (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Osteoporosis: Various information is available about treatments available for Osteoporosis, prevention of Osteoporosis, current research about Osteoporosis treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Osteoporosis: Research more detailed information about the causes of Osteoporosis, other possibly hidden causes of Osteoporosis, or other general information about Osteoporosis.

Statistics and Osteoporosis: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Osteoporosis, prevalence and incidence statistics for Osteoporosis, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS

Last revision: June 5, 2003

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