What is osteopenia?
As you age, the inside of your bones become porous from a loss of calcium. This is called losing bone mass. Total bone mass tends to peak around age 35. Osteopenia refers to bone mass that is lower than your peak bone mass but not yet low enough to be considered osteoporosis. Osteopenia is not a disease, but if you meet the criteria for osteopenia, you are at higher risk for developing osteoporosis.
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