General OverviewOsteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and brittle. If left unchecked, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks (fracture).More
- What is osteoporosis?
- What are the risk factors?
- What are the symptoms?
- How is it diagnosed?
- How is it treated?
- What are the screening tests?
- How can I reduce my risk?
- What should I ask my healthcare provider about osteoporosis?
Find answers in our in-depth report on osteoporosis:
Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures
Living With OsteoporosisIn her own words: living with osteoporosis
Preventing OsteoporosisPractical prevention—who needs bone mineral density testing?Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is a way to get checked for osteoporosis. Though a BMD test may not be appropriate for everyone, it may provide an important prevention opportunity. Read more here.Ways to prevent osteoporosisGet some basic information about osteoporosis and learn about the controversy surrounding hormone use in preventing bone loss.
Special TopicsOsteoporosis, breast cancer, and eating disorders: not just for womenFind out what can put a man at risk for osteoporosis and what preventive measures can be taken.Osteoporosis in men: more common than you may thinkOsteoporosis is becoming an increasing concern among men. Read more here.Eat a diet rich in calciumCalcium is essential to build and maintain strong bones at all stages of life, and therefore help prevent and/or manage osteoporosis. Read more here.
True or False?True or false: girls who favor soft drinks are more likely to have osteoporosis later in lifeThere have been research studies on dietary intake and its relation to the bone health of young girls, the results of which have been mixed. But overall, it seems reasonable to conclude that school-age girls who drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks are increasing their risk of osteoporosis.
Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)
Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Osteoporosis Foundation