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How Does a Fragility Fracture Occur?

Systemic bone loss is something that affects everyone – people begin to lose bone mass starting in their mid-30s. However, some people lose bone mass faster than others, resulting in a disease called osteoporosis.

The bone loss caused by osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures, particularly of the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip. In fact, over 80% of all fractures in people over age 50 are caused by osteoporosis.

So how does osteoporosis affect the strength of your bones? Watch the video above to see what happens when you break a healthy bone, versus when you break a bone due to osteoporosis.

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