What is Osteoporosis?

What exactly is osteoporosis? According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoporosis is when a bone becomes frailer because the bone tissue breaks down more rapidly than it is replaced. People with osteoporosis are more likely to break or fracture a bone if they fall.

In a process called bone turnover, bone tissue is replaced frequently. Throughout one’s entire life, the body is able to produce more than enough cells to replace all the ones that die. This process, in turn, results in stronger bones.

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Osteoporosis can affect any bone in the body. The most common bones that are fractured when a person with osteoporosis falls include wrists, ribs, the spine and hips. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men and currently affects more than 10 million people.