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Is osteoporosis a disease or disorder?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Risk factor

Osteoporosis is the loss of calcium from bone with subsequent loss of structural strength.
Therfore it should be considered a mechanical risk factor as there is no pain unless there is a fracture. Like a disease, osteoprosis has treaments that improve bone density and strength and reduce the risk of fracture. Testing for osteoporosis is considered similar to testing for breast cancer with mammog.

In brief: Risk factor

Osteoporosis is the loss of calcium from bone with subsequent loss of structural strength.
Therfore it should be considered a mechanical risk factor as there is no pain unless there is a fracture. Like a disease, osteoprosis has treaments that improve bone density and strength and reduce the risk of fracture. Testing for osteoporosis is considered similar to testing for breast cancer with mammog.
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
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