An estimated 10 million Americans currently have osteoporosis, putting them at higher risk for broken bones, and another 34 million have low bone mass (osteopenia) that could lead to osteoporosis if left untreated.
Women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis, but advancing age is a risk factor for both genders. Other risk factors include:
If you think you may have risk factors for osteoporosis, discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. He or she may refer you to Holland Hospital Bone Health Services for a complete evaluation and bone density scan.