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Osteoporosis: Introduction

Osteoporosis is a disease that usually affects seniors and the elderly, where the bones thin and weaken from calcium depletion. Many women and also a lot of men suffer from thin bones and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, many are not diagnosed until they actually suffer a fracture. Most people with low bone mass remain undiagnosed with up to 18 million Americans in this category compared to about 10 million actually diagnosed with osteoporosis. ...more »

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Treatments for Osteoporosis

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis: Related Patient Stories

Osteoporosis: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Osteoporosis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Osteoporosis may include:

Types of Osteoporosis

Curable Types of Osteoporosis

Possibly curable types of Osteoporosis include:

  • Menopause related osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis related osteoporosis
  • Soft drinks ( phosphoric acid) induced osteoporosis
  • Heavy metals ( cadmium) induced osteoporosis
  • Excessive physical activity induced osteoporosis
  • more types...»

Rare Types of Osteoporosis:

Rare types of Osteoporosis include:

Diagnostic Tests for Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis: Complications

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Causes of Osteoporosis

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Disease Topics Related To Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis: Rare Types

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Latest Treatments for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: Animations

Research about Osteoporosis

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Clinical Trials for Osteoporosis

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Prevention of Osteoporosis

Prevention information for Osteoporosis has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Osteoporosis.

Statistics for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: Broader Related Topics

Osteoporosis Message Boards

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Article Excerpts about Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS (Excerpt)

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing to an increased risk of fracture. Bone strength reflects the integration of two main features: bone density and bone quality. Osteoporosis is the most common of the bone diseases that affect Americans. Although it is the underlying cause of most fractures in older people, the condition is silent and undetected in many cases until a fracture occurs. (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS)

Osteoporosis: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Osteoporosis, which means "porous bones," is a condition of excessive skeletal fragility resulting in weakened bones that break easily. A combination of genetic, dietary, hormonal, age-related, and lifestyle factors all contribute to this condition. Osteoporosis usually progresses painlessly until a fracture occurs, which is usually in the hip, spine, or wrist. (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis: NWHIC)

Osteoporosis -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break easily—especially bones in the hip, spine (backbone), and wrist. You can lose bone over many years. Because you may not notice any symptoms until a bone breaks, osteoporosis is called the “silent disease.” (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Definitions of Osteoporosis:

RAEB: A condition of reduced bone mass, with decreased cortical thickness and a decrease in the number and size of the trabeculae of cancellous bone (but normal chemical composition), resulting in increased fracture incidence. Osteoporosis is classified as primary (Type 1, postmenopausal osteoporosis; Type 2, age-associated osteoporosis; and idiopathic, which can affect juveniles, premenopausal women, and middle-aged men) and secondary osteoporosis (which results from an identifiable cause of bone mass loss). - (Source - Diseases Database)

Abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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