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Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses bone at a rate faster than it can be replaced. As a result, bones become weaker, more brittle, and are more likely to break. Osteoporosis is most common in postmenopausal women. In the United States, an estimated 8 million women age 50 and over have osteoporosis and another 22 million are at risk of developing it. The most important goal of any osteoporosis therapy is to help prevent fractures.
Some of your risk factors for osteoporosis and related fractures may be higher if you are Caucasian and:
The good news is that you can help prevent osteoporosis and related fractures. Learn more in our Patient Education and Resource Directory.