Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, with an osteoporotic fracture occurring every 3 seconds(1)!
Osteoporosis (Greek: porous bone) is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. As a result, the bones become weak and may break as a result of a minor fall or even of simple actions such as sneezing.
Fractures in patients with osteoporosis can occur in the form of crack, such as a hip fracture, or in the form of a compression fracture, such as spinal vertebrae fractures. Fractures resulting from osteoporosis are common especially in the spine, hips, ribs and wrists, although all bones in the body are affected as a result of the disease.
Osteoporosis is a global public health problem currently affecting more than 200 million women worldwide(2). In the United States, 44 million people with either osteoporosis or low bone mass represent 55% of the American population aged 50 and above.
Osteoporosis is a life-threatening illness:
Fractures cause many complications, especially in older patients. Osteoporotic bone fractures can lead to severe pain, prevent an active life, reduce the quality of life, and can even lead to death! About 30% of patients with hip osteoporotic fracture will require long-term nursing care(3).
Of all women with hip fracture, 20% will die within one year as a result of complications related to the fracture. In addition, people who have a history of vertebral fracture are at substantial risk for additional fracture within the following 1-2 years(4).
Osteoporosis is an expensive disease:
Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of fractures annually and the annual cost of treatment reaches dozens of billions of dollars a year! Every year there is a constant increase in fracture incidence as well as in treatment costs.
Risk factors for osteoporosis:
The following factors increase the risk of osteoporosis:
- Gender: Women are at higher risk than men (especially postmenopausal women).A family history of osteoporosis.
- A history of bone fracture in adulthood.
- High consumption of alcohol.
- Lack of exercise.
- Poor calcium consumption.
- Poor nutrition.
- Diseases and medical conditions.
REBUILD YOUR FUTURE
Although your genes determine the structure and strength of your skeleton, your lifestyle, diet and physical activity have a crucial effect on the health of your bones.
If your daily diet does not provide adequate amounts of calcium as recommended by the Ministry of Health, osteoporosis may start earlier than normal. In order to prevent osteoporosis, it is recommended to add a calcium supplement to your daily. DENSITYTM is a new generation of calcium with double absorption.
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(1) Johnell O and Kanis JA (2006) An estimate of the worldwide prevalence and disability associated with osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporos Int 17:1726.
(2) Kanis JA (2007) WHO Technical Report, University of Sheffield, UK: 66
(3) Kiebzak GM, Beinart GA, Perser K, et al. (2002) Undertreatment of osteoporosis in men with hip fracture. Arch Intern Med 162:2217
(4) Cooper C, Campion G, Melton LJ 3rd. Hip fractures in the elderly: a world-wide projection. Osteoporos Int. 1992 Nov;2(6):285-9