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  • Learn about Osteoporosis
    • Diagnosis
    • Are You at Risk?

      There are a variety of factors that can put you at risk for developing osteoporosis.  These include both controllable and uncontrollable factors. It is important to discuss your risk factors with your healthcare provider. Together, you can develop a plan to protect your bones.

    • Facts
    • Bone Basics

      Some people think of bones as hard and lifeless, but they are actually living, growing tissue. Your bones are made up of three major components that make them flexible and strong.

      What is Osteoporosis?

      Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from sneezing or bumping into furniture.

    • Live with Osteoporosis
      • Moving Safely
      • Recovering from Falls

        Even with your best efforts to protect your bones, it’s still possible to break a bone. People most often break a bone in the spine, hip or wrist. But some people break bones in other parts of the body. These can include the ribs, upper arms, pelvis, collarbones, ankles and feet. Regardless of the bone(s) affected, recovery involves more than just healing the bone.

      • Management
      • Treatment with Osteoporosis Medication

        There are many things to think about when choosing the right osteoporosis medicine. You and your healthcare provider may want to look at.