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An older woman is checked for osteoporosis.
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  • We have leading experts in orthopaedics​ and musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Our doctors are involved in cutting-edge research for osteoporosis treatments.
  • Our doctors work across disciplines to treat patients in a comprehensive way.

When most people think of osteoporosis, they imagine this bone-loss condition only affects older women.

While post-menopause is one of the biggest risk factors for osteoporosis, anyone can have bone loss. 

The human skeleton is comprised of bones that build up and break down many times throughout life. However, as we get older, our bones can’t repair or replace themselves as well as they used to. This can result in osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones and a higher-than-normal risk of fractures.

At Yale Medicine, we are committed to diagnosing and treating osteoporosis and early as possible to minimize further damage. 

Osteoporosis, which can have few symptoms until an injury occurs, is often referred to as a “silent disease,” says Karl Insogna, MD, professor of Endocrinology, director of the Yale Bone Center and attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital.

The first indication of osteoporosis is often a broken bone. “If you’ve had a fracture that occurred with low trauma—meaning if you simply tripped and fell and broke your hip or your wrist—that puts you at risk for being osteoporotic,” Dr. Insogna says.

For some people, especially women, loss of height or increasing curvature of the spine can also be signs of osteoporosis.