Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Osteoporosis Causes A Fracture Every 20 Seconds!

Based on statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated that a fracture that results in hospitalization costs an average of $27,000. Outpatient follow-up, rehabilitation therapy, and nursing care costs represent an additional 30%.  That’s $35,100!

Osteoporosis is a major Public Health Threat for 52,000,000 million Americans, of whom over 35,000,000 million (68%) are Women and 17,000,000 (32%) are Men.

12,000,000 people already have Osteoporosis, and 40,000,000 more have Low Bone Mass, placing them at increased risk for this Chronic Disease.

Unless lifestyle changes are made, Half of All Americans age 50 and older will have Weak Bones by 2020. Weak bones are a problem because they break easily, and broken bones are a problem because they are not only painful, but can cause a Downward Health Spiral.

Osteoporosis can strike at any ageOne out of every Two Women and One in Four men, age 50 and older, will have an Osteoporosis-related Fracture in their lifetime.

A Woman’s risk of a Hip Fracture is equal to her COMBINED RISK of getting Breast, Uterine, and Ovarian cancer!

In the United States, Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million Fractures annually, including approximately 300,000 Hip Fractures, 700,000 Vertebral Fractures, 250,000 Wrist Fractures, and more than 300,000 Fractures at other sites.

Of the 300,000 Hip Fractures each year, an average of 41% of these Hip Fracture patients, age 50 and older, leave the Hospital to enter a Nursing Home. Half will be unable to walk without assistance.

Every year, over 80,000 Men have an Osteoporosis-related Hip Fracture, and One-Third of these Men will DIE within a year.

Based on figures from Hospitals and Nursing Homes, the estimated United States National Direct Expenditures for Osteoporosis and related Fractures total $14 Billion each year. That’s more than $38 Million A Day!