Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Osteoporosis is characterized by loss of bone mass. When bones thin, they break easily. Bones most at risk are the spine, hip, wrist and forearm. In the United States every year, there are more than 700,000 spinal fractures, 250,000 hip fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, most because of osteoporosis. These fractures cost 13.8 billion dollars.

There is plenty of information available leading up to the disease, but very little about having the disease.

The information tells in great detail who gets it, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated with medication and exercise. It tells only generally how the disease progresses.

Here are a few interesting sites:

The sports medicine site is not very pretty, but it is informative.

Wikipedia has a good site for general osteoporosis covering prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

The Osteoporosis site is quite comprehensive.

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