Are you at Risk?

What is Osteoporosis?

A medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

Sign and Symptoms

      • 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.

Risk and Prevention

Osteoporosis affects both men and women but especially woman who are past menopause are at highest risk. There are multiple reasons why women are more likely to get osteoporosis than men, including: Women tend to have smaller, thinner bones than men. Estrogen, a hormone in women that protects bones, decreases sharply when women reach menopause, which can cause bone loss. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.