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What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition of reduced bone density which results in a weak bones (thin bones). These thin bones are more prone to fracture than normal bones. The most common form of osteoporosis occurs when there is an imbalance of bone growth. Bone is a living tissue and living, working organ. Like most organs in the body, bones are constantly being built and replaced by new bone growth (like hair, fingernails, or skin). Osteoporosis usually occurs when the rate of new bone formation (replacement) falls behind the rate of bone breakdown (resorption). Bone breakdown can be fast or slow, and bone formation can be fast or slow. The relative rates of these two processes (replacement and resorption) with regards to each other in the same person is what determines overall bone growth or bone breakdown. This is an ongoing process which can be affected by many different factors. >>