Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin and porous. This decreased done strength and leads to increased risk of breaking a bone. The most common sites of fractures in people with osteoporosis are the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip. Osteoporosis affects men and women of any age.
Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defense against osteoporosis later in life. Eating a healthy diet that is high in calcium (and follows Canada’s Food Guide) and being active can help decrease your chance of developing osteoporosis.