Osteopenia is a condition that causes thinning of the bones due to loss of bone mineral density. It is not as severe as in osteoporosis but can sometimes develop into this advanced disease. Osteopenia is most common in people over 50 years old and is more likely to affect women than men. A variety of symptoms can indicate the development of bone density issues.
In some cases, osteopenia has no obvious symptoms, making it difficult to detect and treat. The first indication of a problem may be a fracture, which can result from a relatively minor traumatic event. Anyone who knows they are at risk of developing osteopenia should do their best to avoid injury.
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