10 Facts About Osteoporosis and Bone Health
Learn about common causes of and risk factors for osteoporosis.
Throughout your life, you constantly lose old bone and form new bone. As a teenager and young adult, your body makes more bone than it loses, but with age, bone production drops off and bone loss increases, putting you at risk for osteoporosis (porous bone, which fractures easily). According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, roughly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 34 million have osteopenia (low bone mass). But osteoporosis and related fractures don't have to be inevitable. Here are 10 things you need to know to lower your risk.