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What is Osteoporosis?

The “silent disease”

When you have osteoporosis, you can’t feel it, but your bones are getting weaker. Many people don’t even know they have the disease until a bone breaks.

It’s the reason why osteoporosis is known as the “silent disease.” With osteoporosis, bones deteriorate or become brittle and fragile due to low bone mass and bone tissue loss. Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures, particularly of the hips, spine and wrists.

While osteoporosis mainly affects women, men can also develop the condition. In fact, half of all women and up to 1 of every 4 four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. 

About the Author

Dr. Katharine McLeese's believes the most important component of providing exceptional care is being a good listener and practicing good communication.

Dr. McLeese is an internal medicine doctor at Methodist Physicians Clinic. She completed both medical school and her internal medicine residency training at the University of Chicago.

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