Osteoporosis is a disease of bone that leads to a greater risk of fracture. Osteoporosis often appears in women after menopause and is called postmenopausal osteoporosis, but the disease can also develop in men, and may develop in anyone with certain types of hormonal disorders, chronic diseases, or as a result of medications. Because the person’s bones are so susceptible to breakage, osteoporosis may affect one’s life expectancy and quality of life considerably.
The disease itself has no specific symptoms; its principal outcome is the heightened risk of bone fractures. Osteoporotic fractures are those that occur in situations where healthy people would not normally break a bone; this is why they are classified as fragility fractures. Fragility fractures typically occur in the rib, hip, vertebral column, and wrist.
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