US Future Full of Fractures

Oct 15, 2004 -- Unless Americans start getting enough calcium, vitamin D and physical activity, their future is likely to include osteoporosis accompanied by a lot of broken bones. This is the gist of a report by the US Surgeon General entitled Bone Health and Osteoporosis The full report is more than 400 pages long and took two years to prepare.

This comprehensive report makes a dire prediction -- that by the year 2020, one in two Americans over age 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis or low bone mass. Ten million Americans already do have osteoporosis. Many don't discover that they have osteoporosis until they experience an unexpectedly broken bone.

The Surgeon General's report tries to dispel myths associated with osteoporosis. For example, the segment of the population suffering from osteoporosis or other bone disease is NOT small, osteoporosis is NOT only a problem for older white women, diagnosing osteoporosis is NOT a lengthy and painful process, osteoporosis is NOT unresponsive to treatment, and osteoporosis CAN be prevented in the first place

In order to make sure that all the information contained in the report is readily available to the general public, there is not only a free pamphlet entitled The 2004 Surgeon General's Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis. What it Means To You, but 4 different fact sheets and even a streaming video entitled Osteoporosis in the Family.