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We do not claim the site is comprehensive, and even so, a website is no substitute for face-to-face medical care. See a doctor if you think you have signs of osteoporosis. Painless, non-invasive procedures can help the doctor determine if you have the condition and what treatment, if any, is appropriate.
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Osteoporosis is of particular concern because it is so widespread and because many people do not regard it as a disorder or illness, but think of it as a natural part of getting older. This is a misconception. Although most people with osteoporosis are over 50 years old, it can affect younger people. And many people live to be very old without ever getting osteoporosis. The quality of life of seniors is greatly affected by the strength of their bones. You'll avoid many problems if you control your osteoporosis.
This is a public health issue that demands an outreach because of its prevalence and because doctors have means to address it. And because there are methods to reduce your risk before you get osteoporosis.
A special outreach to men is planned because they are an underserved population when it comes to osteoporosis treatment and awareness.
The federal government says "Americans—as many as 9 out of 10—have limited health literacy skills."
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