Women and Bone Disease

Symptoms of Osteoporosis in Women
Symptoms1 of osteoporosis in women typically do not present themselves until a fracture occurs. Bone loss occurs gradually over a long period of time and does not cause pain.

Related Diseases and Conditions2
Other conditions can be harmful to bone health. Rickets and osteomalacia caused by insufficient vitamin D in children and adults can cause fractures and bone deformities. Kidney disease (renal osteodystrophy) can cause fractures. Paget’s disease can cause bones to become deformed and weak. Genetic abnormalities (such as osteogenesis imperfecta) can cause abnormal bone growth susceptible to fractures. Endocrine disorders (such as overactive glands) can also lead to bone disease.


1. Bone Health for Life: Easy-to-Read Information for Patients and Families. NIH Publication No. 12–7847.
2. The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. NIH Publication No. 12–7827.

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