Are you at Risk?
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.