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Women and Bone Health - National Women's Health Week & Bone Health Month

One in two women will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. The risk of this for women is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the mesh-like structure inside the bone becomes damaged. When the internal strands of the bone become too thin (lose density), the bones become weak and can fracture or break easily. The most common occurrences are spine fractures, hip fractures and wrist fractures. Other long-term effects of osteoporosis can include spinal curvature and loss of mobility.

May is Bone Health Month and Infirmary Health wants to encourage you to consider your risk for this often "silent disease". If you are older than 45 and have had a fracture, or if your orthopedist feels you will benefit from a bone health evaluation, the Bone Health Clinic at Gulf Orthopaedics is here for you. Call 251-435-BONE or visit for more information.