Causes include a low-calcium diet, smoking, age-related hormone changes, and certain diseases and medications. Women are most at risk.
Symptoms typically appear late. The condition may progress to osteoporosis. In osteoporosis, back pain, loss of height, a stooped posture, and easily fractured bones may occur.
Treatments include medication to protect bone mass, dietary changes, and exercise.
Last Updated Jun 13, 2017