Home > Medical > Osteoporosis > FAQs FAQs All sections in Osteoporosis » About Osteoporosis » FAQs » Health Tips » Living with Osteoporosis » New Breakthroughs » Osteoporosis News » Osteoporosis and Diet » Osteoporosis and Exercise » Osteoporosis in men » Real-life Story Osteoporosis - from Natural Standard Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that makes them weak and prone to fracture. What is a bone scan and will it hurt? A bone scan is an X-ray that can show bone loss in the spine and hip area. The test takes about 10 – 20 minutes. It does not hurt at all. What if I break my spine or my hip? While everything is done to prevent fractures, they still happen. Test Calcium calculator » Ask Healthy Bones Expert » Quiz Am I nearing menopause? » Start A Health24 blog » Should you pop a calcium pill? Bone Up! How can I prevent osteoporosis? There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis. How do doctors diagnose osteoporosis? This condition is diagnosed by measuring bone mineral density. Why do people with osteoporosis so often break bones? The end result of the disease is bones that are thinner and more brittle than those of people who do not have the disease. Why does bone mass start to decline in postmenopausal women? Bone mass starts to decline in middle age. Read more about the reasons for this. Is exercise good for me if I have osteoporosis? Many people are sacred that exercise will increase their risk of bone fractures. The contrary is actually true, as physical activity actually maintains bone mass. Which factors make people susceptible to osteoporosis? There are many factors making people susceptible to osteoporosis. Are there other conditions of which osteoporosis is a common feature? Yes, quite a few other conditions have osteoporosis as a common feature. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.