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      • Adding Up the Benefits of Calcium
      • Bone Density Test

        A bone density test measures the strength and density of your bones as you approach menopause and, when the test is repeated sometime later, can help determine how quickly you are losing bone mass and density.

      • Hip Fracture

        A hip fracture is a break in the thigh bone (femur) of your hip joint. The majority happen to people older than 60 years of age, and women get more hip fractures than men.

      • Osteoporosis

        Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak, thinning bones. This leaves the bones at greater risk of breaking. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists.

      • Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

        Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they have advanced symptoms, which may include a broken hip or wrist, low back pain or a hunched back.

      • Preventing Broken Bones

        Bones are tough and resilient, but if you push them hard enough—if you fall on a hard surface, for instance—they can crack or break.

      • Taking a Break from Osteoporosis Medicines

        Have you taken bisphosphonates to prevent or treat osteoporosis for several years? Depending on your fracture risk, you may be able to take a drug holiday.