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Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and brittle – so brittle that a fall or even mild stress like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures are most commonly seen in the hip, wrist or spine. Bone is living tissue and is constantly being absorbed and replaced. When the creation of new bone tissue doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone tissue, osteoporosis occurs. There are many different levels of osteoporosis, some cases being so severe that a sneeze or a cough can cause a fracture.  While osteoporosis can be treated with medication, each case must be assessed individually to see what will work best for the patient.  

Although the condition affects both men and women equally, white and Asian women who are past menopause are at the highest risk of developing osteoporosis. Treatment of osteoporosis can be achieved by strengthening bones through medication, dietary supplements and weight-baring exercise.