NOF Tip for 11 May – Osteoporosis by the Numbers
The numbers are scary if anyone actually pays attention. Every year about 75,000 Americans die of complications of a hip fracture. Another 75,000 wind up in a nursing home for the rest of their life. Most of the remaining 150,000 need a walker or cane to walk across a room. And this goes on year after year.
We spend over $50Billion every year treating patients for 2 million fractures due to osteoporosis. We only test or treat about 1/5th of the patients with fractures.
50% of second fractures could have been prevented with treatment, sometimes simply correcting diet and lifestyle.
Protect yourself and older loved ones. Get a complete bone health evaluation.
Jay Ginther, MD