Osteoporosis, popularly referred to as the “silent thief” is a disease that causes deterioration of bone mass and tissue resulting in increased fracture risks. The disease is termed the “silent thief” because it causes bone deterioration for years without exhibiting any symptoms. When a person’s bones start to fracture or break, the disease is usually at an advanced stage that is not treatable. Very little can be done at this stage. Osteoporosis usually causes fractures in the shoulder, hip, spine and wrist bones. Osteoporosis screening/X-ray should start at age 65. It includes a DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) which is a special x-ray for measuring bone strength and determining a person’s risk of suffering from osteoporosis fractures or breaks.