Osteoporosis and Bone Health

September 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin, brittle and weak. Roughly two million osteoporosis-related bone fractures occur in the U.S. each year. It is five times more prevalent among women than men, and women have twice the fracture rate of men.

Some of the signs and symptoms of osteoporosis are:

  • Back pain or tenderness
  • Loss of height more than what is normal for your age group
  • Slight curving of the upper back

As the spinal bones weaken, they slowly collapse under the weight of the upper body. This causes a curving of the spine, often called dowager’s hump.

Source: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Entry filed under: Managing your health.

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