An osteoporotic fracture occurs somewhere in the world every 3 seconds.1 Just by being female and aged over 50 – you are at risk of developing osteoporosis and breaking a bone. But it’s surprising how many people think that osteoporosis is a disease that will happen to someone else. It won’t happen to me, will it?
A National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) survey of postmenopausal women in 2017 found that:2
And every broken bone affects your health and quality of life. They can cause pain, loss of mobility and reduced independence. You may not be able to take care of yourself or do many of the things you take for granted when you have osteoporosis.4,5
If you answered YES to any of the above risk factors, you could be at risk of osteoporosis and broken bones. But there are many more. Click here to learn more about the risk factors for broken bones and osteoporosis.
Sadly, the first time many people think about osteoporosis is after their first broken bone.
1 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Facts and statistics. osteoporosis.foundation/facts-statistics.
2 International Agency for Research on Cancer. Cancer Today. 2018. gco.iarc.fr.
3 International Osteoporosis Foundation. The Asia-Pacific regional audit. Epidemiology, costs & burden of osteoporosis in 2013. osteoporosis.foundation/educational-hub/material/audits.
4 International Osteoporosis Foundation. That’s osteoporosis. A compact guide to osteoporosis and its prevention and treatment. 2019. osteoporosis.foundation/educational-hub/material/brochures.
5 Cooper C. Am J Med 1997;103:12S-17S; discussion 17S–19S.