Sandeep Gupta, MD

Board Certified Rheumatologist


Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones in your body. Osteoporosis causes the body to lose bone density or by way of diminished bone development, or both. As a result, bones become weak and brittle which may break upon a fall or, in some more advanced cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.

Osteoporosis which means “porous bone.” When viewed under a microscope, healthy bone can have a honeycomb design. When osteoporosis occurs in the skeletal system, the holes and crevices in the honeycomb become much larger than in healthy bones. Osteoporotic bones lose mass or density and contain abnormal tissue structure. As bones become lose density, they weaken and are more susceptible to breaks. If you are over 50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider about a testing your body's bone density.

Related Informational Links

National Osteoporosis Foundation