The Risk for Osteoporosis



Healthgrades Editorial Staff

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone density deteriorates and decreases over time, causing weak and brittle bones and increasing the risk of fracture. Wrist, spine and hip bones are most affected, although any bones are susceptible to the disease.

Osteoporosis is very common. In fact, it is the most widespread bone disease, especially among elderly men and women. In general, women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. About one out of five American women older than age 50 is affected by osteoporosis, according to the National Institut