Osteoporosis can sneak up on a person. If you don’t “actively check in” on your bone health, it can deteriorate over a number of years without any warnings or signs of osteoporosis.
That’s because bones tend to weaken with age without you realizing it, increasing the risk of what are called “fragility fractures.” Women over 50 and men over 65 are more prone to broken bones from osteoporosis, a chronic disease that makes bones more porous, and consequently, weaker.
The disease causes more than 80 percent of all broken bones in people over the age of 50. In fact, one in three hip fracture patients re-fracture within the year and one in two will suffer another fracture within five years. What’s more, bone breaks or fractures at an older age can actually be deadly. More than a quarter of women and a third of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the following year.
It’s hard to overstate just how fragile a person with osteoporosis can be. Falling when walking, bending over to pick up the groceries or even sneezing too hard can result in a fracture. Broken bones from osteoporosis tend to be in the hip, spine and wrist, but can also be in other parts of your body. And as you already know, these breaks can be life threatening.
Are you at risk of a fragility fracture? Take this quiz to learn more.
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