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What is Osteoporosis?
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What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose more of their minerals (such as calcium) and other substances that exist in the bone more quickly than they are replaced, so the bones lose some of their mass, become thinner, brittle and weak which can then break (fracture) or crack more easily.

Osteoporosis makes the bones weak, brittle and more likely to break.

Bone is living tissue. Bone is a connective tissue which has a matrix of substances in the interconnective layers which contains calcium salts. The body is constantly breaking down bone tissue and re-building it as necessary.

When there is not enough bone tissue being re-built than that which is being broken down, then the bone becomes less dense, has less bone mass, is more brittle and more prone to breaking. This is how osteoporosis develops.

The most common bones that are affected by osteoporosis are:

Scientists believe that women are more susceptible to developing osteoporosis because they have lowered levels of eostrogen after menopause. Eostrogen (in a complicated process with other hormones and substances in the body) helps the bones keep more of their calcium and stay strong and healthy.

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  Last reviewed: 17 September 2007 || Last updated: 18 February 2009

 

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