Osteoporosis is one of the major health care problems of our time and still goes undiagnosed and unrecognized. If you are post-menopausal or have a family history of osteoporosis, you may be at risk for developing osteoporosis yourself.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis progresses without symptoms or pain and can lead to pain, disability, and in some cases, even death. Half of all women over age 50 will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
Regular exercise combined with a calcium-rich diet can build and maintain good bone health and may reduce your risk of osteoporosis. If you suspect you may be at risk for osteoporosis, consult with your physician during your annual exam about diagnostic testing (bone densitometry), diet, supplements, and educational material.
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