Why should I be concerned?
A recent study by Columbia University of 200,000 female patients over 50 years of age living in 35 different states found:
• 40% had undiagnosed osteopenia (low bone mass).
• 7% had undiagnosed osteoporosis.
• In a follow up study after one year, it was found that the fracture rate in women with osteoporosis was four times higher than expected in normal women. In women with undiagnosed osteopenia (low bone mass) the fracture rate was two times higher than normal women.
One out of every two women and one in eight men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her or his lifetime.
Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures nationally every year, including 300,000 hip fractures.
Of all the fractures , hip fractures have the greatest rates of post fracture deaths and socioeconomic impact.
• One in five patients is no longer alive one year following an osteoporotic hip fracture.
• 50% of those people experiencing a hip fracture will be unable to walk without assistance, and
• 28% will require long-term care.