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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue, leading to an increased chance of breaking a bone.  The weakened tissue is due to changes in the amount and structure of the bone. While people with osteoporosis are most likely to break bones in the spine, hip or wrist, almost any bone can be affected.  The bone breaks often occur with minor accidents such as falls, or banging into objects, but can even occur without an injury.

Healthy bone
Weakened bone

According To the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

  • An estimated 55% of the people over 50 years of age have Osteoporosis or are at great risk of getting Osteoporosis.  80% of those are women.

  • Approximately one in two women over age 50 will have an Osteoporosis related fracture in her remaining lifetime.

  • An average of 24% hip fracture sufferers aged 50 and over die in the year following their fracture

Although anyone can be affected by severe bone loss, post menopausal women have the greatest risk. Bone loss generally begins at age 35 and can accelerate up to 3% per year during menopause.

It is never too late to build bone,
but it is also never too early.

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