Osteoporosis and Brittle Bones

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break.

Symptoms
The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are:
  • Broken wrist
  • Broken hip
  • Broken spinal bone (vertebrae)
Causes of osteoporosis and brittle bones can include:
  • A decrease in estrogen in women at the time of menopause and a decrease in testosterone in men as they age
  • Other hormone imbalances such as parathyroid hormone and growth hormone.
  • Lack of calcium and vitamin D
  • Some medical conditions such as kidney disease and intestinal problems
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • Taking certain medications such as antiseizure medications, hormone treatments for prostate or breast cancer, and corticosteroids.

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