US Future Full of Fractures (cont.)

Comment: Many of us know of situations in our own families where osteoporosis has had serious consequences. An uncle who broke his hip when he slipped on a wet sidewalk while getting the morning newspaper, a mother whose COPD worsened as her spinal column compressed and her rib cage collapsed, a stepmother who could not walk because it became impossible to surgically repair and re-repair her osteoporotic hips. All of these family members might have lived longer if their osteoporosis had been diagnosed and aggressively treated at an earlier age. Certainly, their quality of life in their final years would have been greatly improved.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com

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U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., warned today in a new report that by 2020, half of all American citizens older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass if no immediate action is taken by individuals at risk, doctors, health systems, and policymakers. This new report, "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General" says that 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, the most common bone disease, while another 34 million are at risk for developing osteoporosis. And each year, roughly 1.5 million people suffer a bone fracture related to osteoporosis.