The Effects Of Osteoporosis On The Bone Disease

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The Effects of Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, too little bone, or both. Because of this, bones become weak and may break from a fall, or worse, break from sneezing or minor bumps (National Osteoporosis Foundation). Osteoporosis means “porous bone”. A healthy bone under a microscope looks like a honeycomb, when osteoporosis is taking place, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in the healthy bone. Bones that are osteoporotic have lost density, and contain abnormal tissue structure. When bones lose this density, they weaken and are more likely to break. Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because one can’t feel bones weakening. Breaking a bone is…show more content…
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