This six-page handout educates people about osteoporosis, which is a disease resulting in the loss of bone tissue that thins and weakens the bones so they become brittle and break more easily. It explains that the bone loss associated with osteoporosis often has no signs or symptoms, and identifies women as being more likely to have the disease. The document lists risk factors for osteoporosis, accompanied by check boxes so people can assess their level of risk. It discusses tests for osteoporosis such as the bone mineral density test and blood and urine tests, and provides recommendations for care to prevent and treat the disease, including eating a diet high in calcium or taking calcium supplements every day.
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