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How does osteoporosis occur?

Faisal M. Mirza, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
There's always bone growth and bone gain within the body, says orthopedic surgeon Faisal Mirza, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital, but osteoporosis shifts the balance. Check out the video to learn how.

Two processes are primarily responsible for recycling old bone cells in order to make new bone cells. Resorption is the breakdown or dissolving of old bone cells. Remineralization is the depositing of calcium and other minerals in the bone to make them hard and dense. Osteoporosis occurs when these two ongoing processes are out of balance.

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