- Complications of osteoporosis are the leading cause of a
post-menopausal woman losing her independence.
- Osteoporosis causes over 1.3 million fractures annually, more than
500,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 hip fractures, and 240,000 wrist fractures.
- The direct medical costs of osteoporosis in the U.S. exceed $10
- An estimated that at age 50, a woman has a 40% chance of experiencing
fracture at some point during her lifetime.
- A woman's risk of hip fracture alone is equal to the combined risk of
developing breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.
- Up to 20% of women who suffer hip fractures die within one year of
- Osteoporosis occurs significantly more frequently in women. (Four out
of every five cases are women.
- The effects of spinal osteoporosis can include height loss, back
pain, rib pain, abdominal pain, and respiratory problems.
- Women who are postmenopausal are at risk for osteoporosis. The
presence of any one of these factors can add to your risk:
Consider printing this sheet, checking off all your risk factors
and discussing them with your personal physician.
____ Caucasian or Asian descent
____ Alcohol abuse
____ Thin or small build
____ Inactive lifestyle
____ Previous fracture
____ Inadequate calcium
____ Family history of osteoporosis
____ Certain medications (Including steroids and thyroid hormones)
____ Early menopause (before age 45)
NOTE: You may have none of these risk factors
and still be at risk of developing osteoporosis. Some authorities believe
that the presence of any of these factors increases the risk of
osteoporosis. However, even If you have none of these factors, you may still have
osteoporosis. Only a bone density test can provide the
information your doctor needs to help make a diagnosis.
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