Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so much so that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures occur most commonly in the hip, wrist or spine.
Bone is living tissue that is continually being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women (particularly older women) who are past menopause are at highest risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.
Typically there are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, one may have signs and symptoms that include:
-Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
-Loss of height over time
-A stooped posture
-A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected If you went through early menopause, took corticosteroids for several months at a time or if either of your parents had hip fractures, you may want to consult with your doctor about osteoporosis.