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  • What disease do I have?
  • Common Name: Porous Bone Scientific Name: Osteoporosis
  • How many people are affected by osteoporosis in the U.S? Worldwide?
  • More than 3 million in the US and more than 200 million people worldwide.
  • Why is Osteoporosis considered a disease?
  • Osteoporosis is considered a bone disease because it alters the structure of the skeletal system by making bones weaker.
  • How is Osteoporosis caused?
  • Osteoporosis is caused by an imbalance between the formation of new bone and the resorption of old bone. This means the body may absorb too much old bone or not form enough new bone.
  • What are the treatments called?
  • Is there a cure for my disease?
  • Who's working on a cure.
  • No, but there are treatments.
  • Merck and Co. are working on a cure for osteoporosis.
  • Ibandronate, Risedronate, Alendronate, and Zoledronic Acid.
  • Who discovered Osteoporosis? How?
  • Osteoporosis was discovered by Jean Lobstein, a French pathologist (someone who studies the causes and effects of diseases and injuries), in the 1830s when he noticed some of his patients’ bones covered with above average sized holes. He named the disease, osteoporosis, after its effects.
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