Osteoporosis is a common condition among older people, particularly postmenopausal women. Osteoporosis affects the strength of your bones and can make them fragile and more likely to break. The bones most likely to break or fracture are your spine, hips and wrist, though any bones can be affected. Osteoporosis results when your body removes bone more rapidly than it can replace it with new bone. Gradually, this causes your bone structure to weaken
and become more susceptible to fractures.
There are many factors that can determine whether or not you may be at risk of developing osteoporosis. It's important to talk to your doctor and identify those risk factors that you can change to help improve your bone health.
Adapted from 2010 Canadian Guidelines for Osteoporosis, Quick reference guide ref: http://www.osteoporosis.ca/multimedia/pdf/Quick_Reference_Guide_October_2010.pdf