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Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress silently until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine and wrist.

During youth, bones grow in length and density. During the teen years, maximum height is reached, but bones continue to grow thicker and stronger until about age 30. After that point, bones slowly start to lose mineral and strength. As a natural part of the aging process, your bones begin to break down faster than new bone can be formed, especially after menopause in women.

Throughout life, bone density is affected by heredity, diet, sex hormones, physical activity, lifestyle choices and the use of certain medications.

 

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