The risk of osteoporotic fracture ultimately depends on two factors: the mechanical strength of bone and the forces applied to it. When the force of an impact exceeds the strength of bone, the bone breaks.
How Many Broken Bones
In the United States over 2 million fractures occur each year in adults over the age of 50. Nearly 30% of those happen in men. About one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Worldwide osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women. The numbers increase with age affecting approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90.
Any Bone Break May Mean Osteoporosis
The skeletal sites of major fractures due to osteoporosis include hip, spine, shoulder, and forearm. However, any broken bones with the exclusion of the skull, finger, and toes, may be a result of osteoporosis that occur in adults over age 50.
Fractures Can Be Deadly
After hip fracture, the rate of death is highest in the year after the fracture. The strong sex does not fare as well as the weaker sex. One in three men die within a year after their fracture. Women do a bit better but the rate is still high with one in five women dying within a year after breaking their hip. Few diseases have such a high death rate associated with it.
One Break May Lead to Another
Having one fracture puts one at high risk for subsequent fractures. A national health initiative called “2Million2Many” is focusing on stopping at one fracture and preventing any more from happening. Almost half of individuals who sustain a hip fracture have a history of fracture. If you or a loved one has had a broken bone over the age of 50, be proactive to decrease your risk of another fracture.