Are You at Risk for Developing Bone Disease?
Published: Oct 09, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that weak bones are not a normal part of aging? Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even from a minor fall or a sneeze. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of chronic pain and long-term disability. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the nation's leading healthcare organization dedicated to bone health, encourages everyone to know your risk factors for osteoporosis and take steps to protect your ability to live an active and independent life as you age.
An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone mass, putting them at greater risk for breaking a bone. According to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, there will be 72 million baby boomers (women and men age 51-72) in 2019. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.
"In the U.S., osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones every year. On October 20th, World Osteoporosis Day, NOF joins with patient organizations around the globe urging people to learn the risk factors for osteoporosis and take appropriate action to protect their bone health," said Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of NOF. "If you are age 65 or older and at risk, Medicare Part B covers a bone density test once every 24 months (more often if medically necessary) at no cost to you, when your doctor or other qualified provider orders it. Take advantage of this opportunity to get screened."
There are a variety of factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, that put you at risk for developing osteoporosis. It's important to talk with your healthcare provider about your risk factors for osteoporosis and discuss a plan to protect your bones.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Controllable Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
A women's risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. And a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.
NOF's website offers important information and resources about risks related to osteoporosis, fractures and treatment. Visit NOF.org for these resources and more.
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SOURCE National Osteoporosis Foundation