Healthy bone versus bone weakened by osteoporosis

Picture of healthy bone compared to bone weakened by osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and porous, significantly increasing the risk for spinal and hip fractures. Osteoporosis usually does not have an effect on people until they are 60 or older.

Last Updated: November 21, 2008

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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