What is Osteoporosis?Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens the bones to the point that they become fragile and break easily. It is often called a silent disease because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker.
Bone is a living tissue that is in a constant state of regeneration. That is, the body removes old bone (called bone resorption) and replaces it with new bone (bone formation). By their mid-30s, most people begin to slowly lose more bone than can be replaced. As a result, bones become thinner and weaker in structure.
Older people especially women, who are generally smaller and have bones that are lighter and less dense are more likely to develop osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition which has to be properly maintained by making healthy lifestyle changes, avoiding joint damage, and balancing rest and activity.
If the doctor suspects osteoporosis, he or she will talk to the person and do an examination. The doctor will order X-rays of the patient’s bones as well as a bone density test.