With Nearly 57 Million Adults Age 50 and Older Affected by Osteoporosis and Low
Bone Mass, NOF Announces the Break Free from Osteoporosis Campaign
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Osteoporosis
Foundation (NOF) today released new prevalence data estimating that
approximately 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and more than 48
million have low bone mass (indicated by T-scores between -1.0 and -2.5),
placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. The study "The
2010 Burden of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass among Residents of the U.S. Age 50
and Older" was presented at NOF's annual meeting, the Interdisciplinary
Symposium on Osteoporosis 2013, taking place in Chicago this week.
This is the first look at the burden of osteoporosis using NOF's criteria for
diagnosing osteoporosis based on bone mineral density (BMD) at the hip or spine.
Prior to 2005, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
only measured BMD at the hip. Spine BMD was added from 2005-2008, providing the
opportunity to estimate the burden of osteoporosis using BMD at either the hip
"On behalf of NOF and all of our partners working collectively to reduce the
burden of osteoporosis, we're pleased to have a new baseline number of those
with osteoporosis and low bone mass against which we can measure our progress
going forward. With the addition of bone mineral density at the spine, this
study represents a new and better measure of the clinical burden of osteoporosis
and low bone mass as defined by NOF," said Robert Recker, M.D., president of the
National Osteoporosis Foundation. "With more than 48 million adults at-risk for
osteoporosis, it's more important than ever that we work to ensure preventative
measures are taken early in life to protect those with low bone mass from
developing osteoporosis and breaking bones."
Assuming osteoporosis and low bone mass prevalence remain unchanged, the study
projects that by 2020, 10.7 million adults will have osteoporosis and 58.2
million will have low bone mass. By 2030, the numbers are expected to increase
to 11.9 million adults with osteoporosis and 64.3 million with low bone mass.
To help curb the rising toll of osteoporosis, NOF is launching a new national
awareness campaign this May for National Osteoporosis Month. The campaign
empowers the 57 million Americans currently with and at-risk of the disease to
Break Free from Osteoporosis, and encourages everyone to learn their risk
factors for osteoporosis and make lifestyle changes to build strong bones for
"Osteoporosis is avoidable for many of those at risk. By maintaining a diet rich
in calcium and vitamin D, doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening
exercises and by following medical treatments as prescribed, the millions at
risk for osteoporosis can protect their bones," said Amy Porter, executive
director and CEO, National Osteoporosis Foundation. "While family health history
may account for a significant percentage of your risk for osteoporosis, many of
the bone breaks that occur each year can be avoided through better prevention
and treatment practices."
In this analysis, the sex and race/ethnic specific prevalence estimates from
NHANES were multiplied by 2010 US Census population data to calculate the
overall burden of osteoporosis and low bone mass among the community dwelling
population. The study found that osteoporosis and low bone mass combined are
very common conditions in the US. While most of the individuals with or at-risk
for osteoporosis are Caucasian women, a substantial number of men and women from
other racial and ethnic groups also suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass.
The overall prevalence of osteoporosis and low bone mass were highest in Mexican
Americans, followed by non-Hispanic Whites, and non-Hispanic Blacks. Overall, an
estimated 6.8 million non-Hispanic White, 0.4 million non-Hispanic Black, and
1.1 million Mexican American adults have osteoporosis and another 37.4, 3.2, and
4.3 million have low bone mass, respectively. Prevalence is defined as the
number of cases of a specific disease present in a given population at a certain
time. Therefore, the prevalence of osteoporosis and low bone mass in Mexican
Americans is highest, but overall, there are fewer people affected because the
total number of Mexican Americans is lower than other sub-populations.
NHANES was designed to provide prevalence estimates by race/ethnicity for
Mexican Americans, non-Hispanic Whites, and non-Hispanic Blacks only, but NOF
recognizes other ethnicities are also affected by osteoporosis and is seeking
opportunities to expand research into the prevalence of osteoporosis among other
races and ethnicities. NOF also plans to release a state-by-state break down of
the research later this year and will release updated numbers including the long
term care population this fall.
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation's
leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken
bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through
programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. For more information on
the National Osteoporosis Foundation, visit www.nof.org.
Contact: Valerie Patmintra
SOURCE National Osteoporosis Foundation