Osteoporosis is a crippling bone disease, which is reaching epidemic proportions among Americans, especially women. In fact, women are eight times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.
Approximately 50% of women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and are at risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture. A woman’s risk of hip fracture alone is equal to the combined risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancer – and up to 20% of women who suffer hip fractures die within one year of the fracture.
Some bone loss occurs universally with aging, especially in females. In an advanced state, bone loss can lead to primary osteoporosis. It reduces the strength of your bones. Your bones become brittle and prone to fractures, robbing you of your mobility and independence.
There are a variety of effective ways to manage osteoporosis. Early detection through a bone density test is the best way to diagnose this debilitating disease.