Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in the United States and developed countries. It is a disease of low bone mass resulting in deterioration of the structure of the bones. This deterioration can weaken your bones so much that you can fracture them without major trauma.
Osteoporosis occurs when an imbalance occurs between new bone formation and old bone resorption. The body may fail to form enough new bone, or too much old bone may be reabsorbed, or both.
The leading cause of osteoporosis is a lack of certain hormones, particularly
estrogen in women and androgen in men.
Women, especially those older than 60 years, are frequently diagnosed with the disease.
In our offices you can have a specialized test called a bone mineral density test that can measure the bone density in various sites of your body. A bone mineral density test can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs and can predict future fractures.