Building Better Bones for a Better Future
About 1.4 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis. Don’t become one of them! Preventing osteoporosis begins with building strong bones early in life.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become porous, fragile, and prone to breaking easily. For someone with severe osteoporosis, a vigorous hug can fracture a bone.
Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1997.
Throughout life, our bones replace old bone material with new bone. When we are young, we make more bone than we lose. Around age 25 the process reaches a balance; then as we get older, we lose more bone than we make.
Bone loss occurs gradually over many years, often without pain or other symptoms. Once osteoporosis has developed, some people experience pain, fatigue, or poor posture; others are unaware of the condition until a sudden bump or light fall results in a broken bone.