Facts and Tips about Osteoporosis


  • OsteoporosisAccording to the January 2011 Harvard Women's Health Watch newsletter, 750,000 vertebral fractures caused by osteoporosis occur each year in the United States.
  • According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, "Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55% of the people 50 years of age and older.
  • Most people affected by osteoporosis are women. However, this bone robbing metabolic disease is found in men, people of all ages, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Osteoporosis is a highly preventable disease for which there is no cure.
  • Osteopenia is not osteoporosis. Osteopenia refers to lower than peak bone mineral density, but is not classified as osteoporosis. Women are more apt to develop osteopenia because of hormonal changes during menopause.
  • Risk factors for osteoporosis include: Family history, being female, small framed, eating disorders (e.g., anorexia nervosa), low lifetime intake of calcium, cigarette smoking, excessive use of alcohol, and inactive lifestyle.
  • A bone mineral density (BMD) test can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs and helps to predict future fracture risk.

If you suspect osteoporosis, contact your doctor today to schedule a BMD. The test is painless, non-invasive, and fast.

Updated on: 08/18/15
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