Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis (OP) is a skeletal disorder characterized by decreased bone strength, and loss of both density and structure, leading to an increase in fracture risk.
There are seldom any signs or symptoms that bones are losing density or becoming more fragile, until a fracture occurs.
Bone density decreases dramatically with age. You have a greater risk of developing OP if you:
- Are age 50 or older
- Have a family history of hip fracture/OP
- Are petite or have a small body frame
- Have hormonal or thyroid problems
- Are a current smoker
Women over the age of 65 and men over the age of 75 are more prone to serious fractures due to OP. Hip, spine and wrist fractures can cause significant life impact, and there is only one way to know if you are more susceptible: a bone density scan.