Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Under a microscope, parts of it look like a honeycomb. If you have osteoporosis, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much bigger than they are in healthy bone. The bones become more fragile and more likely to break. In fact, breaks or fractures are the main symptom and the principal consequence of this illness.
Osteoporosis can affects anyone, even children and adolescents, men and women of any age but especially postmenopausal women.
In fact, approximately 2 million women in Spain suffer from osteoporosis, with a prevalence in the postmenopausal population of 25% (1 in every 4 women). It is estimated that the illness causes some 25,000 bone fractures each year and approximately 1 of every 3 women and 1 of every 5 men over 50 will have an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime.
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