Key Points

Approximately 9 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis. Another 48 million have low bone mass and are at risk of developing osteoporosis (The National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2011); More than 2 million fractures in the USA were attributable to osteoporosis in 2005. One out of two Caucasian women 50 years of age or older experiences a fracture in their lifetimes.  Incidence of fractures in women exceeds that of stroke, MI & breast cancer combined in their lifetime. Fracture risk in men is higher than that of prostate cancer. Twenty one percent of men, 50 years of age or older, will experience a fracture. 

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