If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to care for your bones. But there are a lot of misconceptions about osteoporosis, and your bones deserve more than a fractured truth. This is the place to get some facts and to learn more about bone health.

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The truth is:

Osteoporosis can affect women as young as age 50.

It’s a progressive disease that lowers the density of bones over time, making them weaker and more likely to fracture. Even a fragility fracture, which is when you break a bone from simply falling from a standing height or lower, can impact day-to-day life. If you have osteoporosis, once you’ve had a fragility fracture, your risk of having another fracture increases. That first fracture should be your cue to talk to the doctor who diagnosed or is treating your osteoporosis about treatment options that may lower your risk of fracture.

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DO YOU KNOW...

...what osteoporosis is?

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The truth is:

Osteoporosis can be present without any signs or symptoms.

Osteoporosis is most commonly a “silent” disease, because you can’t actually feel bone loss. Often, you may not realize you have osteoporosis until a strain or fall causes a bone to break. Measuring your bone mineral density, or BMD, is the best way to know if you have osteoporosis and how much you are at risk for fractures.

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DO YOU KNOW...

...the warning signs of osteoporosis?

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The truth is:

Taking calcium and vitamin D and exercising can help keep bones strong, but may not be enough when it comes to treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

Taking vitamins and exercising are important from a young age for building bone strength. Normally, your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new, healthy bone. Estrogen helps regulate this process. However, with the onset of menopause comes the loss of estrogen, causing women to lose more bone than is being replaced. If you have osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about prescription treatments that may help reduce your risk of fracture.

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DO YOU KNOW...

...if diet and exercise are enough to support bone health if you have osteoporosis?

Fracture Fact: 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 will have a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her lifetime.

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The truth is:

More women over the age of 55 are hospitalized every year in the US due to an osteoporosis-related fracture than heart attacks, strokes or breast cancer.

In the US, a fracture caused by osteoporosis is estimated to occur every 15 seconds, making osteoporosis one of the leading public health problems.

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DO YOU KNOW...

...what causes more women over 55 in the US to be hospitalized every year?

  • Heart attacks
  • Breast cancer
  • Strokes
  • Fractures caused by osteoporosis
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The truth is:

Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million Americans over the age of 50, and 8.2 million of them are women.

Osteoporosis mostly affects women after menopause. The average age of menopause is around age 50. Thirty-five percent of postmenopausal women have osteoporosis. If you’re a woman over 50, it’s important to find out if your bones are at risk.

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DO YOU KNOW...

...how many Americans are affected by osteoporosis?

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The truth is:

A fracture in one bone means that other bones could be at risk for a fracture caused by osteoporosis.

In fact, your skeleton is one organ. If you have osteoporosis, it’s important to tell the doctor who treats your osteoporosis about any fractures you’ve had, even a fragility, or low-impact, fracture.

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DO YOU KNOW...

...if osteoporosis only affects bones that have been fractured?