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Radio Smart Talk for Friday, December 7:
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture.*
Women over the age of 50 are especially vulnerable to osteoporosis. In fact, with a population that is aging, it's estimated that half of all women 50 and older will be at risk by the year 2020. However, that doesn't mean that men don't get osteoporosis.
Right now, some 10 million people are living with osteoporosis and another 34 million are at risk. Often the disease goes undiagnosed or at least the fractures due to low bone density do.
On Friday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll examine osteoporosis.
Our guests will be Dr. Christopher Kager, a neurosurgeon with Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates and 74-year-old Marie Moeller, who suffered a fracture of part of her spine.
*National Osteoporosis Foundation
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