Osteoporosis is a major public health
problem that threatens over 40 million people in the United States.1
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
About 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of 4 men
older than 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their
Most hip fractures in older
women are related to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is rare in children and teens. Osteoporosis that
occurs in children and teens usually is caused by other
medical conditions or by taking
certain medicines known to cause osteoporosis.
National Institutes of Health (2011). Osteoporosis overview. Available online: http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/osteoporosis/overview.asp.
Anderson JJB (2008). Nutrition and bone health. In LK
Mahan, S Escott-Stump, eds., Krause's Food and Nutrition Therapy, 12th ed., pp. 614–635. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
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