Osteoporosis is a silent killer!
Men and women will lose bone density as they age. Ultimately, the bone loses its structure and strength. Bone fractures from osteoporosis are usually detected when a slight bump or fall causes a break. While a break may not seem significant, the impact on health is debilitating, leaving the person open to other conditions. Because the risk of dying from a fracture in older age is so prevalent, osteoporosis is often called a "silent killer".
For women over 35, bone loss occurs slowly, without visible symptoms. At menopause the picture for women's bone health changes dramatically:
- Women lose 0.7% of bone density every year after age 35.
- Women can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the five to seven years following menopause. This trend continues at a lesser rate, but does not stop without intervention.
Fractures can cause great amounts of pain, limit your mobility, and separate you from friends and family.
· 1 in 2 women and 1 in 8 men, over age 50, will suffer an osteoporosis-related bone fracture in their lifetime.
· 40% of women over age 50 have undiagnosed low bone mass.
· Fracture rates in women with low bone mass is 2 times higher than in healthy women.
· 7% of women over age 50 have undiagnosed osteoporosis.
· Fracture rates in women with osteoporosis is 4 times higher than in healthy women.
In addition, osteoporosis-related fractures have significant social-economic impacts on your life and the lives of your loved ones:
- Of all the fractures, hip fractures have the greatest rates of post-fracture deaths.
- 1 in 5 patients is no longer living within one year following an osteoporotic hip fracture.
- 50% of those people with a hip fracture will be unable to walk with assistance within one year following an osteoporotic hip fracture.
- 28% will need long-term care within one year following an osteoporotic hip fracture.
Prevention is the best way to help avoid the onset or progress of osteoporosis and its effects. Contact your healthcare provider for further information on your bone health and how to avoid osteoporosis.