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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.

Any bone can be affected, but of special concern are fractures of the hip and spine. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery. It can impair a person's ability to walk unassisted and may cause prolonged or permanent disability or even death. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.
While most women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men, men also suffer from osteoporosis.

Building strong bones, especially before the age of 30, can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis, and a healthy lifestyle can be critically important for keeping bones strong.

Here is five easy steps to osteoporosis prevention:
Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D
Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise
Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
Talk to your doctor about bone health
Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate

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