Facts & Figures

Osteoporosis by the Numbers

  • Osteoporosis currently affects 10 million Americans. 34 million more are at risk, 80% of whom are women.
  • 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 4 men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.Broken Leg
  • Hip fracture rates increase exponentially with increasing age.
  • Two-thirds of the people who have a hip fracture do not return to their pre-fracture level of functioning.
  • Musculoskeletal impairments will increase over the next 30 years as they are most prevalent in older segments of the population.
  • The cost of these treatments is expected to double over the next 50 years unless prevention and treatment strategies are initiated.
  • 40% of hip fracture patients aged 65 and older are discharged or transferred from hospitals to long-term care facilities. All hip fracture patients require walking aids for several months after injury, and nearly half will permanently require canes or walkers to move around their house or outdoors.
  • About 24% of hip fracture patients over age 50 die within 12 months after injury because of complications related to the injury and the extended recovery period.  
  • More than two million American men suffer from osteoporosis, and millions more are at risk. Each year, 80,000 men have a hip fracture, and one-third of these men die within a year.
  • Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including 300,000 hip fractures, approximately 700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.
  • Based on figures from hospitals and nursing homes, the estimated national direct expenditures for osteoporosis and related fractures total $14 billion each year.

 

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