Bone loss


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

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