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  • Am I at risk for Osteoporosis? Am I at risk for Osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis generally affects older women and men, but it can occur in people as young as 35....

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  • Diagnosing Osteoporosis Diagnosing Osteoporosis

    Many people don't even know they have osteoporosis, because there aren't any symptoms.

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  • Staying active Staying active

    Physical activity is one of your best weapons against osteoporosis.

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  • What causes Osteoporosis? What causes Osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis is when your bones deteriorate, putting you more at risk for fractures.

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  • Eating well Eating well

    Whether you have osteoporosis or are trying to prevent it, diet is very important.

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What is Osteoporosis?

When you have osteoporosis, it means you have low bone mass, and your bone tissue is deteriorating. Calcium keeps your bones strong, but your bones use hormones like estrogen and testosterone to constantly re-build and re-construct. If your body lacks the minerals to keep your bones strong, and the hormones to re-build your bones, your bones become fragile and more likely to break.

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