At least 1 IN 3 WOMEN and 1 IN 5 MEN will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime
2 MILLION CANADIANS are affected by osteoporosis
Osteoporosis: “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences”. Peak bone mass is achieved at an early age (16-20 in young women and 20-25 in young men), so building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis later in life.
OVER 80% OF ALL FRACTURES in people 50+ are caused by osteoporosis
ONE IN THREE HIP FRACTURE PATIENTS will re-fracture within one year
Women and men alike BEGIN TO LOSE BONE IN THEIR MID-30S
28% OF WOMEN and 37% OF MEN who suffer a hip fracture will die within one year
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin and porous, decreasing bone strength and leading to increased risk of breaking a bone.
The most common sites of osteoporotic fracture are the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip.
No single cause for osteoporosis has been identified.
Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
The overall yearly cost to the Canadian healthcare system of treating osteoporosis and the fractures it causes was over $2.3 billion as of 2010. This cost includes acute care costs, outpatient care, prescription drugs and indirect costs. This cost rises to $3.9 billion if a proportion of Canadians were assumed to be living in long-term care facilities because of osteoporosis. (The burden of illness of osteoporosis in Canada, Tarride et al, Osteoporosis International March 2012)
Osteoporosis causes 70-90% of 30,000 hip fractures annually.