10 Facts About Osteoporosis and Bone Health

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Good bone health starts in childhood
Our bones are living tissue. Throughout our lives, we constantly lose old bone and form new bone. When we're teenagers and young adults, we ... more 
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Good bone health starts in childhood
Our bones are living tissue. Throughout our lives, we constantly lose old bone and form new bone. When we're teenagers and young adults, we make more bone than we lose. But as we get older, we do the opposite, putting us at risk for osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone. People with osteoporosis are more likely to suffer a life-altering fracture. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, there are roughly 10 million Americans with osteoporosis and 34 million who have osteopenia, which is low bone mass. Although family history plays a role, osteoporosis isn't an inevitable part of aging. Here are 10 things you need to know that can help you detect this disease and lower your risk. less 
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Tue, Jul 3, 2012 3:24 PM EDT

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