Osteoporosis and bone fractures
Osteoporosis is often referred to as a silent disease, but sometimes there’s a clear sign that a person has the condition and is at increased risk for serious bone fractures in the future: a fragility fracture. This type of fracture occurs as a result of a fall from standing height or lower, such as a trip on a curb, that leads to a fractured hip or wrist. These relatively minor breaks affect up to one-half of women and one-third of men over age 50. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent fragility fractures.