Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density and weakened bone structure, leading to an increased risk of fracture. As you age, you lose more bone than you gain. This can develop into osteoporosis.1
Bone without Osteoporosis
Bone with Osteoporosis
Images reproduced with permission from David W. Demptser, PhD, 1986.
This pledge is entirely voluntary and will represent your desire to be more active about discussing important health issues with your doctor, in particular with regard to your bones.
Breast health is a top priority. Bone health should be too.
Risk of fracture or break
1 in 2 women in the U.S. over 50 will experience a bone break due to osteoporosis.3
In the U.S., bone breaks due to osteoporosis send more women over 55 to the hospital than heart attacks, strokes, or breast cancer.4
LOW CALCIUM INTAKE
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
of Hip fracture
LOW BODY WEIGHT
BEING OVER AGE 65
*According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the American Association
of Clinical Endocrinologists and American
College of Endocrinology 2016 Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Talk to your doctor about a bone health plan, and ask for a bone density scan.
References: 1. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center. Osteoporosis overview. www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/overview. Accessed September 16, 2019. 2. National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). What women need to know. www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/. Accessed September 16, 2019. 3. National Osteoporosis Foundation. What is Osteoporosis and What Causes It? Available at: www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis. Accessed March 20, 2018. 4. Singer A, Exuzides A, Spangler L, et al. Burden of Illness for Osteoporotic Fractures Compared With Other Serious Diseases Among Postmenopausal Women in the United States. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015;91(1):53-62. 5. National Osteoporosis Foundation. Bone Density Exam/Testing. https://www.nof.org/patients/diagnosis-information/bone-density-examtesting/. Accessed October 11, 2019. 6. Cosman F, de Beur SJ, LeBoff MS, et al. The clinician's guide to prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Osteoporos Int. 2014;25:(10)2359-2381. 7. Camacho PM, Petak SM, Binkley N, et al. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis—2016. Endocr Pract. 2016;22(Suppl 4):1-42. 8. Kanis JA. Diagnosis of osteoporosis and assessment of fracture risk. Lancet. 2002;359:1929-36. 9. Kanis JA, Borgstrom F, De laet C, et al. Assessment of fracture risk. Osteoporos Int. 2005;16(6):581-589.