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What is Osteoporosis?
A debilitating disease that makes our bones fragile

For a fuller explanation and answer to the question 'what is osteoporosis?', I'm referring to several organizations dedicated to improving our bone health, and the lives of those affected by this disease.

Eating well can make a difference to many aspects of your life including bone health - Visit our Healthy Eating Tips.

Each of these organizations has programs to promote public awareness through education and research. The following definitions are taken from the publications provided by some of these.

From the USA...

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.

Millions of Americans are at risk. While women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, men also suffer from osteoporosis.

Now is the time to take action to prevent this silent disease from crippling you later in life. In case you think 'crippling' is too strong a word, just ask anyone who is, or knows someone who is affected! Take action now and follow these exercises for osteoporosis.

And this is what the National Osteoporosis Society in the UK says...

It literally means ‘porous bones’. It occurs when the struts which make up the mesh-like structure within bones become thin, causing bones to become fragile and break easily following a minor bump or fall. These broken bones are often referred to as fragility fractures. The terms ‘fractures’ and ‘broken bones’ mean the same thing. Although fractures can occur in different parts of the body, the wrists, hips and spine are most commonly affected.

And from Australia....

Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density). As a result, bones become thinner and less dense, so that even a minor bump or accident can cause serious fractures. These are known as fragility or minimal trauma fractures.


As they pretty much all say the same thing, the answer to the question at the beginning 'What is osteoporosis?' should be clear. But to reiterate - it is a debilitating disease of the bones which causes them to become porous and fragile.

More Information About What Is Osteoporosis at the following pages

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Osteoporosis Risk FactorsAs osteoporosis is very difficult to detect in the early stages its important to know the risks and how you can prevent it.

Preventing Osteoporosis - Maintain strong healthy bones by eating well, taking the right kind of regular exercise and following a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise for osteoporosis An introduction to the importance of exercise in preventing osteoporosis.

Exercises for osteoporosis Videos featuring Manny Castro demonstrating basic exercises which can make a real difference to the health of your bones. Don't be put off by the description "Senior Physical Fitness" on the videos!

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