Osteoporosis  /  Age - A Major Risk Factor

More than 54 million Americans face the threat of osteoporosis; which causes more than 2 million fractures each year. These fractures can have a profound impact on quality of life—often leading to pain, disability, loss of independence, and even death—and cost the U.S. an estimated billion each year. Fortunately, scientists are continuing to make exciting breakthroughs that are helping to keep bones healthy and prevent debilitating fractures. The Alliance for Aging Research partnered with the National Osteoporosis Foundation to produce this volume.

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    • In the United States today, more than 40 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass.  
    • The average age of patients with injurious osteoporosis was 79.5 years in 2006–more than 21 years older than the average hospitalization (58.1 years).  
    • In 2006, close to 90% of all hopsital stays involving an injury likely due to osteoporosis occurred among patients 65 years and older; 37% occurred among patients 85 and older.  
    • Women age 85 years and older are close to 8 times more likely to be hospitalized because of a hip fracture than women ages 65-74.  
    • Around 70% of all osteoporosis-related fractures occur in patients age 65 and older.  
    • An estimated 30% of postmenopausal white women have osteoporosis and 54% have osteopenia. By the age of 80, that number increases to an estimated 70% of white women with…  
    • 55% of the 50 and older population has osteoporosis or low bone mass.