Osteoporosis is a crippling bone disease that affects 44 million Americans who are age 50 years and over, and it's believed that many more people may have it and do not know it. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by loss of bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. It can lead to bone fragility and increased susceptibility to fractures.
Dr. Casey Younkin, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at SIU School of Medicine, says most people have no symptoms until they develop a fracture.
The people at highest risk for the disease are white, thin women age 50 or over, but men also can have osteoporosis.