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What is degenerative bone disease?



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Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, or fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.

A type of degenerative bone disease is osteoperosis, where the bone loses calcium to maintain homeostasis in the body because of a lack of calcium in diet; usually occurring in the elderly population.