Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become fragile and more likely to break because of decreased bone mass. It occurs in both women and men although women are four times more likely to develop the disease.
Osteoporosis, which means porous bones, is a progressive condition and is sometimes called a "silent" disease, because bone loss often occurs without obvious symptoms. Osteoporosis can be the result of many factors including:
- A decrease in the hormone estrogen occurring during menopause in women, or a decrease in testosterone occurring in men as they age
- An over-active parathyroid gland that causes the bones to lose their density and hardness
Osteopenia, or low bone mass, is a more moderate decline in bone density than osteoporosis. If you have been diagnosed with osteopenia, or even osteoporosis, you can take steps to prevent further bone loss.
Our team of specialists will work with you to treat your bone loss and help prevent further advance of the disease.