Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become thin, so they break more easily.
Its name comes from the Latin for “porous bones.” If you have the disease, you are at a greater risk of sudden and unexpected bone fractures.
Osteoporosis is called a silent disease because it can develop over many years often without any symptoms or pain until a bone breaks. In some cases, the bones become so brittle that even a mild fall, coughing or sneezing can cause a fracture.
Fractures due to osteoporosis can result in chronic pain, disability, loss of independenceand premature death.
We should all be concerned about osteoporosis and mindful of the
things we can do to prevent it throughout our lives.