20 years of the Polish Osteoporosis Portal
What is osteoporosis?
The word "osteoporosis" comes from the Greek language. Ostéon means bone, and póros means hole. In osteoporosis, the bone becomes porous, thin and brittle. The bones of a healthy person are very mechanically strong and break only under the influence of high forces. The bones of a patient with osteoporosis are so weakened that they break with a banal fall at home, and even without injury, during a normal walk. Osteoporosis is what we call the "silent thief" - the exposed person does not know that this disease is "stealing" them of minerals. He finds out about the losses too late, when the bone loss is already very large. Unfortunately, quite often the first sign of the disease is a fracture, which is an inherent feature of osteoporosis.