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AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care
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Image of a healthy vertebra. The matrix of bone in this image is dense.
Normal healthy bone
Image of a bone displaying osteoporosis. The matrix of bone in this image is less dense.
A bone with osteoporosis

About osteoporosis  

Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones become thin or less solid. To see the difference between a healthy bone and a bone with osteoporosis, move your mouse over the pictures to the left.

When bones are less solid, they are weaker and can break more easily. More than half of women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis during their lifetime.

Osteoporosis is one of the most common medical conditions for women over the age of 50. Both men and women can have osteoporosis, but most research studies about this condition involve women. This decision aid is meant only for women who have already gone through menopause.