Osteoporosis affects 200 million people worldwide.
Our bones start thinning and becoming less strong at about age 35!
1 of every 3 women over 50 will fracture (break) a bone from osteoporosis, and 1 of every 5 men.
Due to osteoporosis, someone in the world breaks a bone every 3 seconds.
Who’s at risk? People who are very thin, take steroids for a medical condition, smoke, or have more than 4 drinks a day are at higher risk.
What prevents osteoporosis? A healthy diet with enough calcium and Vitamin D, and exercising can help prevent osteoporosis. Using light weights may especially help.
How do you know if you have osteoporosis? A special scan such as a DEXA scan can diagnose thin bones. Women over 65 should consider getting this test. Some patients may start medications based on this test if their bones are very thin.