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  • What is Osteoporosis? What is Osteoporosis?

    When you have osteoporosis, it means you have low bone mass, and your bone tissue is...

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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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    Physical activity is one of your best weapons against osteoporosis.

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

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What causes Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is when your bones deteriorate, putting you more at risk for fractures. Cells called "Osteoclasts" dissolve your damaged bone, leaving tiny holes. Once the damaged bone is removed, cells called "Osteoblasts" take calcium from your bloodstream, and fill the holes with new, healthy bone. Osteoclasts and Osteoblasts need hormones in order to work properly. If they can't get enough of the hormones they need, they aren't able to repair and rebuild your bones. This is one of the main causes of Osteoporosis.

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