Osteoporosis Risk Reduced
About 10 million Americans suffer osteoporosis, another 18 million have low bone mass, and half of all women will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
The National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment followed over 200,000 postmenopausal women who were seen at doctors’ offices, with no previous diagnosis of osteoporosis. As a result of screening, the study found that 39.6% had osteopenia or low bone density and 7% had osteoporosis.
The study found that drinking alcohol, estrogen replacement therapy, and exercise each reduced chances of developing osteoporosis.
The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical
- Siris, E.S. Identification and fracture outcomes of undiagnosed low bone density in postmenopausal women: Results from the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001, 286(22), 2815-2822.
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