For women with postmenopausal osteoporosis at high risk for fracture
Bone remodeling, osteoporosis and your bones
For most of our lives, our bones go through a remodeling process. This means that our bodies are constantly breaking down old bone and forming new, healthy bone.
How osteoporosis happens in women after menopause
The bone remodeling process
Osteoclasts break down and remove old bone (resorption).
Osteoblasts form new bone to replace the bone lost through resorption.
Understanding bone density
Bone mineral density (BMD) is the amount of bone mineral in your bones. When your bones are less dense, they are more fragile. Women with osteoporosis generally have low bone density.
The inside of bones is made up of a matrix or latticework of material that looks like a sponge.
Use the slider to see the difference between healthy bone and osteoporotic bone
When your doctor measures your BMD you will get a T-score, which compares your BMD with the average BMD of young adults.
Here are some examples of bones with
different BMD T-scores
T-score: -1 and above
T-score: -2.5 to -1
T-score: less than -2.5
If you've had a fracture of the spine or a fragility fracture (due to a fall from standing height or less), you may be diagnosed with osteoporosis, regardless of T-scores. Be sure to tell your healthcare team if you've had a recent fracture, particularly if it was caused by a simple fall or movement.
Ask your doctor how postmenopausal osteoporosis can affect the quality of your bones.