How Common Is Osteoporosis?
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- After a person reaches his or her peak bone-building years, around age 30, the bones slowly begin to thin. This process accelerates after age 45 or 55. Osteoporosis usually does not have a noticeable effect on people until they are 60 or older.
- Women generally have less bone mass than men and lose bone mass sooner and faster than men.
- Women are far more likely to have osteoporosis than men. 2
- Women of European and Asian ancestry are more likely to have osteoporosis than those of African ancestry.
- About 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 4 men older than 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. 1
- Most hip fractures in older women are related to osteoporosis.
References Back to top
- National Institutes of Health (2012). Osteoporosis overview. Available online: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/osteoporosis/overview.asp.
- Chapman-Novakofski K (2012). Nutrition and bone health. In LK Mahan, S Escott-Stump, eds., Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 531–546. St. Louis: Saunders.
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine|
|Last Revised||November 6, 2012|
Last Revised: November 6, 2012
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