National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Osteoporosis is the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Osteoporosis makes your bones weak and more likely to break. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. As many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Risk factors include
Osteoporosis is a silent disease. You might not know you have it until you break a bone. A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health. To keep bones strong, eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise and do not smoke. If needed, medicines can also help.
NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
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