What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle. In fact, they become so fragile that a mild fall or normal activities such as coughing or bending over can cause a broken bone. Most breaks associated with osteoporosis occur in the wrist, hip or spine.
Bone is considered living tissue and as such, is in a constant state of change. As the old bone is broken down, new bone replaces it. When a person has osteoporosis the creation of the new bone falls well behind the removal of the previous bone. Osteoporosis affects all races and genders. However, white, Asian and older women who are post-menopausal tend to be the most likely to develop the condition. Medications such as Prolia, a healthy diet and weight bearing exercise can help avoid further bone loss and improve weakened bones.