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Fractures & Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. It is most common in women after menopause, when it is called postmenopausal osteoporosis.

It may develop in men and premenopausal women in the presence of particular hormonal disorders and other chronic diseases or as a result of smoking and medications. The most common types of fractures are:

  • Hip fractures
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Distal radius fractures.


Osteoporosis can be prevented with lifestyle changes and medication, and preventing falls in people with known or suspected osteoporosis is an established way to prevent fractures.