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Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become less dense, making them more fragile and easier to fracture and break. Osteoporosis is a particular concern for women because women are more likely than men to have osteoporosis are. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Women never build as much bone mass as men do during development.
  2. Women lose bone mass when they experience a drop in estrogen levels during menopause. Estrogen slows the loss of bone mass by improving our absorption of calcium from the intestinal tract.

Although osteoporosis is most common in women who have gone through menopause, many conditions, treatments, and diseases may result in osteoporosis as one of the side effe (More)

Understanding Osteoporosis

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  • Do Any Prescription Drugs Put Me at Greater Risk for Osteoporosis?
  • Five Steps to Better Bone Health
  • How Do I Know What Kind of Calcium Supplement to Take?
  • How Much Calcium is Enough?
  • Information Regarding Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ)
  • Osteoporosis - Not Just a Woman's Disease
  • Osteoporosis Medications: Before the Bone Breaks
  • Preventing Bone Breaks
  • Risk Reduction Techniques for Preventing Falls
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  • Commonly Asked Questions

  • Am I Getting the Proper Calcium Supplementation?
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  • Can Serum CTX Levels Determine Risk for Developing Jaw Osteonecrosis Following Tooth Extraction?
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  • How Is a MRI Finding of Osteonecrosis Interpreted?
  • How is Advair Associated with Osteoporosis?
  • How Long Does it Take Fosamax to Leave the Body?
  • I Have Osteoporosis, Is It Safe to Get Braces?
  • Is It Safe to Take a Break from Fosomax?
  • Should I Receive Dental Work Before Starting Actonel?
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    Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016