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Knowledge is power. Having a thorough understanding of your condition is important and will better enable you to take control of your bone health. This section provides you with an excellent overview of everything you need to know about osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones, thinning and weakening them, making them more likely to break or fracture. Up to 80% of fractures that occur in women 50+ are fragility fractures. Fragility fractures are those caused by a fall from standing height (or less) that would not ordinarily cause a fracture in a healthy adult.

Low bone mass is a main characteristic of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often called the "silent thief" because bone loss can occur without you even knowing it or feeling anything. This bone loss does not occur overnight but over the course of several years. Sometimes the first sign anything is wrong is a broken bone.

The most common types of osteoporotic breaks are those occurring in the spine, hip and wrist.

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