by Dr. Regina Edmond
Osteoporosis is a disorder in which the bone tissue breaks down, resulting in fragile bones that are more likely to fracture. While this disease affects both men and women, osteoporosis is primarily a disorder experienced by women, as men comprise only 20 percent of osteoporosis sufferers. Bone loss can occur in adolescence, but it generally becomes problematic during and after menopause.
Often, osteoporosis is not diagnosed until after a fall or injury. However, diagnosis and treatment of the disease have improved in the last few years, and doctors are able to prescribe medications that slow the progression and prevent fractures. Regular exercise, especially strength training and weight-bearing exercises, can help build and maintain strong bones.
About the Author: A specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health, Dr. Regina Edmond maintains a private practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Edmond holds a doctorate from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.