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What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the quantity of bone is reduced and the quality of bone is impaired. As a result, the bones become weaker and more likely to fracture.
Osteoporosis is common:
- In women over the age of 50, there are more osteoporotic fractures than heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer combined.
- 1:2 women over 50 are expected to break a bone because of osteoporosis.
- 1:4 men over 50 are expected to break a bone because of osteoporosis.
After an osteoporotic hip fracture:
- 20% die within one year
- 40% are unable to resume their daily activities
Available therapies can reduce the fracture risk by:
- Hip fractures 51%
- Single vertebra 47%
- Multiple vertebrae 90%
- All non-vertebral fractures 47%