- Posted on- Apr 20, 2015
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Osteoporosis is a bone disease which occurs when you lose too much bone make too little bone or both. Bones become so weak that even bending over and coughing can cause a fracture. Fractures related to osteoporosis are commonly seen in hip, wrist or spine. Osteoporosis occurs when the development of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.
Osteoporosis affects both men and women and of all races. But the disease is particularly seen in Asian women who are older and past menopause.
Factors responsible for osteoporosis
Bones are in a regular condition of renewal, old bone is broken down and new one is made. When you're young, your body develops new bone faster than it breaks down old bone and your bone mass increases. Most individuals attain bone mass by their early 20s. As people grow old, bone mass is lost faster than it's created.
The likeliness to developing osteoporosis depends partially on the amount of bone mass attained in youth. The higher your peak bone mass, the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.