Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin and break easily. The most common breaks are in the hip, spine or wrist. Osteoporosis is called a "silent disease" because many people do not even know that they have thin bones until a bone breaks.
Osteoporosis and broken bones do not need to be a normal part of aging; you can take action to promote strong bones for life.
If you are at risk for osteoporosis, consult your healthcare provider about getting a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test. A bone density test is able to diagnose osteoporosis or low bone mass, which may increase your risk for the development of osteoporosis.
Catholic Health provides bone density tests at several facilities.
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Sharing knowledge, feelings, and experiences with other people in similar situations will help you face the challenges of osteoporosis with a positive attitude.
The New York State Osteoporosis Prevention & Education Program has established a statewide network of support groups committed to providing people with the opportunity to obtain reliable, current information and to share coping strategies in a caring environment.
For more information about joining a support group, contact the Western New York/Rochester Regional Osteoporosis Resource Center at (716) 862-BONE (2663).
Learn more about osteoporosis from the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program.