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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a medical condition characterized by weakened and porous bones, making them more susceptible to fractures and breaks. This occurs when the density and quality of bone are reduced, resulting in a loss of bone mass. Osteoporosis is often asymptomatic in its early stages, earning it the nickname "the silent disease," but it can progress over time and become a significant health concern, particularly in older adults. Aging: Bone mass tends to decrease as individuals age, making older adults more vulnerable to osteoporosis. Hormonal changes: Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk due to decreased estrogen levels. Genetics: A family history of osteoporosis may contribute to an individual's susceptibility. Lifestyle factors: Lack of physical activity, low body weight, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition can all contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

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Medical Director & Consultant Orthopedic Surgery, Seha Emirates Hospital, AUH

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Osteoporosis is a medical condition characterized by weakened and porous bones, making them more susceptible to fractures and breaks. This occurs when the density and quality of bone are reduced, resulting in a loss of bone mass. Osteoporosis is often asymptomatic in its early stages, earning it the nickname "the silent disease," but it can progress over time and become a significant health concern, particularly in older adults. Aging: Bone mass tends to decrease as individuals age, making older adults more vulnerable to osteoporosis. Hormonal changes: Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk due to decreased estrogen levels. Genetics: A family history of osteoporosis may contribute to an individual's susceptibility. Lifestyle factors: Lack of physical activity, low body weight, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition can all contribute to the development of osteoporosis.