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Osteoporosis

Description: Osteoporosis is a disease of the skeleton in which the amount of calcium present in the bones slowly decreases causing them to become brittle and prone to fracture. Although generally afflicting elderly women, one form of osteoporosis also occurs in men.

Symptoms: Osteoporosis is diagnosed when bone density has decreased to the point where fractures will happen with mild stress, reaching the so-called fracture threshold.

Number of Americans diagnosed: More than 24 million Americans have osteoporosis, 80 percent of them women.

Long-term problems/treatments: Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability and death in the elderly. In addition to the considerable pain and suffering osteoporosis causes, treatment for osteoporotic fractures increases health care costs by about $14 billion each year.
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