Osteoporosis And Incidence Of Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis in aging women is an important topic. Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women (www.nof.org). This statistic show that osteoporosis is common and is a major public health issue. This devastating disease is prevalent among middle aged and older women. Research indicates that it is estimated that 200 million women have osteoporosis (Lane, 2006).This statistic is indication that all women should be concerned about this disease and how it can affect them as they age. After the age of 50 years the prevalence of osteoporosis and incidence of osteoporosis fractures rise substantially with age (Chua, Nandi, & Masud, 2011, p. 279) According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, osteoporosis has lifetime implications affecting the rate of bone loss including heredity, menopause, serious health conditions and their treatment, as well as lifestyle factors such as diet, lack of weight bearing exercise, smoking, or excessive alcohol consumption. Osteoporosis is defined as a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength, which predisposes the individual to an increased risk of fractures (Lane, 2006, p. 4). The term osteoporosis means porous bone. Osteoporosis is a common and serious disease that is also known as the “Silent Killer. Osteoporosis is known as the silent killer because this disease progresses without noticeable symptoms. This disease is not detected until the first fall or…

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