Osteoporosis  /  Prevalence & Incidence

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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    • More than 48 million American adults have low bone mass–putting them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones.  
    • Approximately 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis.  
    • Of the 34 million Americans with low bone mass–around 22 million (65%) are women and 12 million (35%) are men.  
    • Osteoporosis affects an estimated 44 million Americans over the age of 50–10 million have been diagnosed with the disease and 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass,…  
    • Of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis–close to 8 million (80%) are women and over 2 million (20%) are men.  
    • 4 out of 5 people with osteoporosis are women.