May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. In response, we are going to highlight some interesting facts pertaining to the condition. Most people are probably aware of facts such as women being more predisposed to it or smoking being a risk factor for developing it. Here are some facts that are a little less known to the mainstream.
• One in three women over 50 will experience a fracture related to osteoporosis.
• One in five men over 50 will also experience a fracture related to osteoporosis.
• In women over 45, osteoporosis will cause them to spend more days in the hospital than other disorders such as breast cancer.
• In Caucasian women, there is a one in six lifetime risk of having a hip fracture related to osteoporosis.
• High intake of alcohol is associated with high risk of osteoporosis-related fracture.
• Too low body weight is associated with greater bone loss, thus increased risk of fracture.
• Proper identification and treatment of osteoporosis before fracture greatly reduces the long-term risk of fractures from 34% to 10%.
• Treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women can help reduce the risk of hip fractures by 40%.
Osteoporosis is not easy to deal with. Though, with proper treatment, people who have it can live happy, active lives.