Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle.
Unfortunately, the first sign of the disease in those who aren’t proactive about their bone health is a broken bone — earning it the “silent disease” label. In fact, it’s estimated that 53 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk.
The dangers of the disease are much more dire than simply having to wear a cast. Statistics show that if you have osteoporosis and you break a hip, there’s a 20 percent chance you’ll die within a year.
John Neustadt, ND, joins Dr. Susanne to discuss how osteoporosis is diagnosed, who should be getting tested, risk factors, and how individuals can better take care of their bone health.