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why do we lose bones as we age

Your body needs the minerals calcium and phosphate to make and keep healthy bones. During your life, your body continues to both reabsorb old bone and create new bone. Your entire skeleton is replaced about every 10 years. As long as your body has a good balance of new and old bone, your bones stay healthy and strong. Bone loss occurs when more old bone is reabsorbed than new bone is created. Sometimes bone loss occurs without any known cause.

Other times, bone loss and thin bones run in families and the disease is inherited. In general, white, older women are the most likely to have bone loss. This increases their risk of breaking a bone. Brittle, fragile bones can be caused by anything that makes your body destroy too much bone, or keeps your body from making enough bone. Weak bones can break easily, even without an obvious injury.
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