About Osteoporosis: The Facts
Osteoporosis is a bone disease where parts of the bone become weak and prone to fracture. This condition is more common in seniors, but can affect men and women of all ages. Osteoporosis is responsible for a large number of bone fractures that occur in seniors, as the weakened bones can no longer support their body weight.
While men also develop osteoporosis, this condition is particularly common among women who have reached menopause. The increased risk at menopause reflects the fact that the hormone estrogen, a key factor in maintaining bone strength in women, is no longer produced by the ovaries after menopause. Because women have 30% less bone mass then men, women are particularly prone to osteoporosis as they age. However, by the age of 65 to 70 years, men and women lose bone at about the same rate. Eating enough food rich in calcium and vitamin D, and participating in weight-bearing exercise are important steps in preventing osteoporosis.