Osteoporosis is a disease in which osseins become fragile. It causes loss of bone and bone tissue and is more common in people over 65 years of age, especially in women. Moreover, osteoporosis is almost always asymptomatic. Most people do not know they have osteoporosis until they suffer a fracture, the most common symptom of the disease.
Because of the loss of bone density in osteoporosis, you may be surprised to learn that even the slightest fall or blow can cause your bones to break. It could be a small fracture in your arm or a life-threatening fracture in your spine.
According to a 2016 study conducted at East Virginia Medical School, fractures caused by osteoporosis require more hospitalizations and are more expensive than other fractures. It is important to be aware of osteoporosis and take preventive measures as you age. Osteoporosis is something you don’t feel often, but you can always feel it if you suffer an unexpected fracture.