Learn about Osteoporosis

Bone Health Basics: Get the Facts

When you think about staying healthy, you probably think about making lifestyle changes to prevent conditions like cancer and heart disease. Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis may not be at the top of your wellness list. But it should be.

What is Osteoporosis?

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

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.

Are You at Risk?

There are a variety of factors that put you at risk for developing osteoporosis. Talk with your healthcare provider about your risk factors for osteoporosis and work together to develop a plan to protect your bones.

Debunking the Myths

Millions of Americans – 54 million to be exact – have low bone density or osteoporosis. In fact, about one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Diseases and Conditions that May Cause Bone Loss

Many health problems may increase your chance of getting osteoporosis. If you have a disease or condition that may cause bone loss, talk to your doctor about what you can do to keep your bones healthy.

Medicines that May Cause Bone Loss

Some medicines can be harmful to your bones, even if you need to take them for another condition. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of any medicines you take and about how they may affect your bones.