Osteoporosis: A Silent Disease

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Osteoporosis is a multi factorial progressive skeletal disorder characterized by reduced bone mass and deterioration of bone micro architecture, predisposing it to increased fracture risk. Osteoporosis is called a ‘silent disease’ because it progresses without symptoms and remains unnoticed for a long time as bone resorption process in early stages is almost asymptomatic and at later stages usually presents with a fracture due to trivial trauma. Fragility fractures, the consequence of osteoporosis, are responsible for excess mortality, morbidity, chronic pain, admission to institutions and economic costs. They represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal women over age 50. Patients with hip or vertebral fractures have substantially increased

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