Follow along on our year-long guide to Osteoporosis, an exploration of the latest recommendations and research on diagnosis, treatment, and management of this bone disease that is the major cause of fractures in postmenopausal women and in older men. Osteoporosis is caused by decreases in bone mineral density and bone mass, or changes in bone structure or strength. Each monthly installment of the Medical Journey will delve into another aspect of this "silent" disease, which typically has no symptoms or warning signs. Included will be information about risks, genetic factors, related conditions, treatment options, coping strategies, and lessons learned from unique case studies -- all of which have undergone expert review. Every installment will also include a separate, downloadable, printable information resource for patients.


New Insights Into the Complex Biology of Osteoporosis

–Synergy of genetic, intrinsic, exogenous, and lifestyle factors

Osteoporotic Fragility Fractures

–Breaking a hip can be as lethal as a heart attack

Case Study: First-Time Mom's Severe Low Back Pain After Breastfeeding

–Treating pregnancy- and lactation-associated osteoporosis was challenging, especially after complications from the initial therapy

As Men Live Longer, Osteoporosis Looms Larger

–Time to close the awareness and screening gender gap

Talking to Patients About Osteoporosis

–Helping them understand the consequences of this brittle bone disease

Shocking Case of Osteoporosis in a Teenager

–Perifollicular hemorrhage and low vitamin C helped diagnose an old, now rare condition

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

–Antiresorptive therapy does not preclude bone-invasive dental surgery, but good dental health is crucial

Osteoporosis Patients Need Daily Physical Activity and 'Purposeful' Exercise

–Mix of exercise types is best to reduce falling and lessen fracture risk

Nutrition Can't Be Ignored in Osteoporosis

–As important a component in management as in heart disease

The High Cost of Osteoporosis

–Why prevention is also crucial from an economic point of view