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Osteoporosis, the weakening of bone tissue over time that increases the risk of fracture, is the most common type of bone disease. In fact, The National Institutes of Health estimates that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, as well as another 18 million who have low bone mass, or osteopenia. Of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, 75 percent are women. But men are also at risk for the disease. For those over age 60, the lifetime risk of any fracture due to osteoporosis is estimated to be as high as 44% for women and 25% for men. The risk of hip fracture is 26% for women and 3.8% for men.

Below you'll find information on causes, prevention, treatment, and research at the University of Maryland with advice from UMMC endocrinologist and osteoporosis expert Dr. Elizabeth Streeten, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Streeten is one member of a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologists, molecular biologists and epidemiologists who are conducting important research on the genetics of osteoporosis, with the ultimate goal of developing new treatments and tests that can identify high-risk patients.

For more information on Osteoporosis visit the following pages listed on the right.