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Osteoporosis affects the quality of life, the ability to work, and basic activities of daily living. Osteoporosis is a disease marked by reduced bone strength leading to an increase in fractures. Every day, our body breaks down old bone and puts new bone in its place. As we get older, our bones break down more bone than they put back. If you do not take the steps to keep your bones healthy, you may lose too much bone and osteoporosis may develop. Men and women are both affected by osteoporosis. In the United States, an estimated 5.3 million people aged 50 years and older have osteoporosis. Most of these people are women, creating 4.5 million of the people in the United States and the other 0.8 million people are men. Over 34 million people have low bone mass, which puts them at an increased risk. There are many factors that contribute to osteoporosis and fractures. Nutrition and physical activity are important controllable risk factors that will help reduce the risk of the disease. Osteoporosis is largely preventable. An osteoporosis treatment program includes a focus on proper nutrition, exercise, safety issues, and lifestyle changes to prevent or slow further progress of osteoporosis and reduce the risk of future fractures.
Musculoskeletal Diseases | Public Health Education and Promotion
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