Osteoporosis is a chronic progressive disease of the bone characterized by decreasing bone density (mass) and quality. The bone becomes porous and fragile resulting in weakened skeletal and bone strength. It is typically a ‘silent’ disease with no symptoms until a fracture occurs. Classic symptoms include loss of height and/or back pain.
Early detection of thinning bone (osteopenia) and osteoporosis can help prevent the occurrence of fractures. Women aged 50 and older and men aged 60 and older are recommended to have bone density testing.