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What is late-life osteoporosis?

Late-life osteoporosis is probably caused by an age-related deficiency in calcium and an imbalance in the two bone-recycling processes, resorption and remineralization. This form of osteoporosis occurs in people over age 70 who undergo an above-average loss of bone structure. This loss is beyond the slow decline in bone mass that normally occurs with aging. These people are at an elevated risk of "frailty fractures," especially hip fractures. Frailty fractures are osteoporotic fractures -- breaks that result from bone weakness caused by osteoporosis.

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