Overview & Facts

Osteoporosis weakens bones and increases the risk of unexpected fractures. Serious consequences can occur with some fractures. Read this overview article about osteoporosis and how to keep your bones strong.

Osteoporosis means "porous bones." Our bones are strongest at about age 30, then begin to lose density.

Menopause, heredity, a low-calcium diet, lack of exercise, and smoking are among the factors that contribute to causing osteoporosis.

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