Medical Dictionary: Bone mass loss


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Bone mass loss: Another name for Osteoporosis.
Bone mass loss (condition): Bone thinning and weakening from bone calcium depletion.
Bone mass loss (condition): Osteoporosis is a disease that usually affects seniors and the elderly, where the bones thin and weaken from calcium depletion. Many women and also a lot of men suffer from thin bones and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, many are not diagnosed until they actually suffer a fracture. Most people with low bone mass remain undiagnosed with up to 18 million Americans in this category compared to about 10 million actually diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Bone mass loss: Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing to an increased risk of fracture. Bone strength reflects the integration of two main features: bone density and bone quality. Osteoporosis is the most common of the bone diseases that affect Americans. Although it is the underlying cause of most fractures in older people, the condition is silent and undetected in many cases until a fracture occurs.1

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1. excerpt from Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS

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