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Guest commentary: Help battle osteoporosis, the 'silent thief'

May 23, 2022, 08:56 AM by SCOA

Known as the “silent thief,” osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break easily. Most people don’t know they have a problem until they break a bone.

Osteoporosis is most common in women who are past menopause, but older men also are at risk. Risk factors for osteoporosis include age, white or Asian race, alcohol or tobacco use, certain medical conditions or medications, and a history of falls.

Read more in the Galveston County Daily News.

The University of Texas Medical Branch is one of eight locations nationwide participating in a research study aiming to improve outcomes after hip fracture for older women. The STEP-HI Study is seeking volunteers who are women, 65 years and older and who recently have broken a hip and had surgical repair.

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