What Is Osteoporosis?

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Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health, Osteoporosis
Last Reviewed 08/08/2014

What Is Osteoporosis?

The loss of bone mass begins long before a fracture occurs

Simply put, osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass. This loss of bone mass is a gradual process that often starts many years before it becomes apparent.

Because of this, millions of people have no idea that their bones are weakening until they have an outright fracture, and no idea that their declining bone health might be causing other health problems. Aches and pains, fatigue, joint stiffness, and mood fluctuations account for as many as 20 percent of cases seen by rheumatologists and about five percent of cases seen by general practitioners.

Osteoporosis is a complex condition that can rarely be controlled or reversed by simply taking one pill or another. Medications do not provide the type of stress that bone growth requires, and very often there are hormonal and dietary issues in play as well.

However, a lifestyle program combined with targeted nutritional support can help slow the loss of bone mass and encourage new bone growth.

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