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Osteoporosis

Download a PDF of this fact sheet here What are osteoporosis and osteopenia? Osteoporosis and osteopenia are conditions of having low bone mass (density). This leads to weakening of the bones and a higher risk of breaking a bone (fracture). Osteoporosis is diagnosed when a person’s bone mineral density measurement falls below a certain threshold. When bone mass is lower than average, but not as low as with osteoporosis, a person is said to be osteopenic. People with osteopenia also have a