Are there any diseases that can affect the skeletal system?

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    Osteoporosis is a disease that results in the loss of bone density. The most common type of bone disease, it occurs when too much of the body’s old bone material (calcium, phosphate) are absorbed by the body and/or when the body fails to form new bones. The lack of sufficient calcium to maintain bone strength leads to a general weakening of the bone tissue, resulting in brittle bones that are more prone to fractures. The leading cause of osteoporosis is a drop in estrogen levels in women and a drop in testosterone levels in men, leaving them more vulnerable to osteoporosis after the age of 50 and 70, respectively.

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