Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass. As this process occurs, bones become weak and are more likely to break. If you’re 50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider about a bone density test.
Osteoporosis is very common, around 54 million Americans may have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for fracture. Studies also suggest that nearly one in two women and up to one in four men aged 50 or older will break a bone due to Osteoporosis. As we get older we have increased risk for developing osteoporosis. Additionally, family history, smoking, Caucasian decent, and being female are all risk factors.