How Common Is Osteoporosis?
- After a person reaches his or her peak bone-building years, around age 30, the bones slowly begin to thin. This process accelerates after age 45 or 55. Osteoporosis usually does not have a noticeable effect on people until they are 60 or older.
- Women generally have less bone mass than men and lose bone mass sooner and faster than men.
- Women are far more likely to have osteoporosis than men.2
- Women of European and Asian ancestry are more likely to have osteoporosis than those of African ancestry.
- About 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 4 men older than 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.1
- Most hip fractures in older women are related to osteoporosis.
- National Institutes of Health (2011). Osteoporosis overview. Available online: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/osteoporosis/overview.asp.
- Anderson JJB (2008). Nutrition and bone health. In LK Mahan, S Escott-Stump, eds., Krause's Food and Nutrition Therapy, 12th ed., pp. 614–635. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carla J. Herman, MD, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine|
|Last Revised||November 10, 2010|
Last Revised: November 10, 2010
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