“By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and 240% in women, compared to rates in 1990.”
~ International Osteoporosis Foundation
Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 10 million Americans have Osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, which places them at an increased risk for osteoporosis. The likelihood of a woman suffering from osteoporosis is greater than that of a heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. Likewise, the International Osteoporosis Foundation reports 1.4 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis and approximately 75 million people in Europe, the USA, and Japan.
One of the biggest myths circling osteoporosis is that it’s an exclusive concern of those holding an AARP card. This is false. The prevention of osteoporosis starts at a young age. Diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle play a pivotal role in preventing and managing this debilitating disease, and those healthy choices need to start long before grandchildren and retirement appear. Another myth that is alive and well is that once someone experiences osteoporosis, it’s too late to slow bone loss.