Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Not too long ago, osteoporosis was considered a natural part of aging among women. Today, we realize the disease can affect people at any age—both men and women.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones. As a result, one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is no longer considered natural or unavoidable—it is largely preventable. If you have yet to be tested for osteoporosis, please speak to your primary care provider and ask them if a Bone Density (DXA/DEXA) Scan would be right for you.