How Does Osteoporosis Develop?

From the time we emerge from the womb until early adulthood (our 20s), our bones develop and grow until they reach peak bone mass. It’s at this stage that our bones are the strongest, densest and the most fracture resistance. As we age, our bones continue to renew and regenerate—old bone being replaced by new bones—allowing your skeleton to grow and remain strong.

But for people with osteoporosis, more and more bone is lost before it has a chance to be replaced—a creating a condition where the bones gradually become brittle, unstable and far more vulnerable to breakage. 

By being aware of osteoporosis and which factors could place you at risk, you can make sure that you get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.  

Early diagnosis is important because one broken bone increases the risk of suffering yet more broken bones - resulting in long-term disability and loss of independence. One in four women who have a new spine fracture will fracture again within one year. After a hip fracture, about one-quarter of people die or never walk again. 

And remember, there are things you can do to help prevent the condition and keep your bones strong: follow a bone-healthy diet, exercise regularly, avoid negative lifestyle factors, and find out whether you have risk factors for osteoporosis.

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