Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is a disease in which the bones gradually become weak and brittle. That often results in fractures — especially of the hip, wrist, and spine — even from simple activities like lifting a chair or bending over. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, while another 18 million have low bone mass and are at an increased risk for the disease. Osteoporosis is common among the elderly, but the disease can strike at any age. Although it is more common in older women, men can also have the disease.
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