The word “Osteoporosis” literally means “porous bones”. It is a metabolic disorder of bones resulting in progressive weakening and increased likelihood of breaking bones (fractures). It is estimated that about 54 million Americans have this condition. Up to one in two women and one in four men 50 years or older will break a bone in their lifetimes due to osteoporosis. Fractures from osteoporosis most often occur in the hip, spine (vertebral column) or wrists but other bones may break too. Pain, disability, immobility, loss of height are some of the known sequelae of fractures. Sadly, one in five senior citizens who break a hip die within a year (from complications related to fracture or from surgery done to repair the fracture).