Osteoporosis  /  Future Human Burden

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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    • By 2030, an estimated 64.3 million American adults will have low bone mass.  
    • By 2030, an estimated 11.9 million American adults will have osteoporosis.  
    • By 2020, an estimated 58.2 million American adults will have low bone mass.  
    • By 2020, an estimated 10.7 million American adults will have osteoporosis.  
    • By 2020, more than 50% of Americans over the age of 50 will be diagnosed with or at risk of developing osteoporosis.  
    • The annual number of osteoporosis-related fractures is expected to rise by almost 50% to more than 3 million by 2025.  
    • Over the next 20 years, the non-White population will comprise a growing proportion of the number of fractures, increasing from 282,000 fractures (13% of total fractures) in 2005, to over…  
    • The number of men over the age of 50 and diagnosed with osteoporosis or at risk for the disease, will increase from 14 million in 2002 to over 17 million…  
    • The number of women over the age of 50 and diagnosed with osteoporosis or at risk for the disease, will increase from 30 million in 2002 to more than 35…  
    • By 2020, an estimated 61 million Americans over the age of 50 will be affected by osteoporosis–14 million will be diagnosed with the disease and 47 million more will have…  
    • By 2010, an estimated 52 million Americans over the age of 50 will be affected by osteoporosis–12 million will be diagnosed with the disease and 40 million more will have…