Osteoporosis or brittle bone disease

Osteoporosis (© National Osteoporosis Foundation)

As life expectancy increases, so is the prevalence of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease. The genesis of osteoporosis is often during childhood. If, for instance, you didn’t like milk as a kid, get enough exercise or you were born to the wrong parents, you face an increased risk of osteoporosis. As one scientist puts it: osteoporosis “is an equal opportunity employer”. 

Producer: Ann Blair Gould

Broadcast: October 22, 2002