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Osteoporosis – Did you know?

Health,Osteoporosis

  • Approximately 3 million people in the UK are thought to have osteoporosis, and there are over 250,000 fractures every year as a result.
  • 2.3 million people in England have osteoporosis, 72000 in Northern Ireland, 250000 in Scotland and 150000 in Wales.
  • In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone mainly because of poor bone health.
  • There are about 300,000 fragility fractures every year in the UK.
  • Joan Rivers and Ursula Andress have both been diagnosed with the disease and Meredith Viera and Gwyneth Paltrow have a high risk of developing the disease.
  • The rate of hip fractures is two to three times higher in women than in men.
  • Women can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the 5 – 7 years following menopause.
  • Men tend to develop osteoporosis 10 – 15 years later than women do, because they are generally bulkier and have more bone mass to lose.
  • Among those who fracture their hip, 12 to 20% die within one year after the fracture and more than 50% of the survivors are unable to return to independent living.

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