Osteoporosis: Facts and Figures

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• About 1 out of every 2 women and 1 in 8 men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetimes.

• More than 2 million American men suffer from osteoporosis, and millions more are at risk. Each year, 80,000 men suffer a hip fracture, and one-third of these men die within a year, generally as a result of an accompanying illness.

• Osteoporosis can appear at any age.

• Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including 300,000 hip fractures, approximately 700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.

• Hospitals and nursing homes in the United States spend an estimated $14 billion each year in direct costs for osteoporosis and related fractures.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center

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