Warning Signs of Osteoporosis

4 Possible Signs of the “Silent Disease”

Written by Nicole Joseph
Reviewed by Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD

One of the most troubling parts about osteoporosis is that it is often considered a “silent disease” in its early stages—you may not realize that you have the condition until you suffer from a bone fracture or break. You may be experiencing bone loss slowly over time without any indication that it is happening.

Because of this, it is important to practice healthy bone behaviors, including those outlined in this Patients’ Guide, even if you do not have any symptoms of osteoporosis. You can reduce your risk factors for the condition and better prepare yourself if you do eventually develop osteoporosis by taking proactive steps to:

There are, however, a few warning signs that may indicate low bone mineral density and a heightened risk for developing osteoporosis. If you have any of the symptoms or conditions below, talk to your doctor about steps you can take to strengthen and protect your bones.

In its earliest stages, osteoporosis often shows no symptoms. However, low bone density in osteopenia, frequent fractures, and problems with your posture can all be signs of osteoporosis. If you think you might have osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, and about treatment options that can improve both your bone health and your quality of life.