Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to be fragile and more easily broken. Affecting more than 25 million men and women in America, osteoporosis touches all ages and can cause fractures that lead to pain, breathing problems, and slumped posture. An estimated 50 percent of women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and are at risk of fracture.
Many risk factors are associated with osteoporosis, but it has no symptoms you can see or feel. But the good news is that it’s never too late to start treating osteoporosis—or too early to start preventing it. Specialists can help you improve your bone health with medication, nutrition, and exercise.