Osteoporosis is characterized by progressive bone loss and an increased risk of fracture. It literally means “porous bone.” Because the changes in bone are at the microscopic level and the disease initially produces no pain or other outward symptoms, osteoporosis often goes unnoticed for years. As a person ages, it can cause loss of height and, in some cases, a dowager’s hump, or rounded back. Although osteoporosis can affect anyone, it is more common in older women.

See also: Musculoskeletal Health

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