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55% of the 50 and older population has osteoporosis or low bone mass.

National Osteoporosis Foundation. America’s Bone Health: The State of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass in Our Nation. Washington, D.C. : National Osteoporosis Foundation; 2002

Reference

Title
America’s Bone Health: The State of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass in Our Nation
Publisher
National Osteoporosis Foundation
Publication Date
2002
Authors
National Osteoporosis Foundation

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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