-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- As the population ages,
experts expect the number of women with the bone-thinning disease
osteoporosis to surge.
"Osteoporosis is a serious threat to women's health -- worldwide one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis," John Kanis, president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "Yet too many women are unaware of their increased risk after menopause and fail to take preventive measures."
Once they reach menopause, women's risk for osteoporosis
increases as bone loss accelerates and bones weaken. Women older
than 45 spend more time in the hospital because of osteoporosis
than any other chronic disease, including diabetes, heart attack or
breast cancer, according to the news release.
Fractures because of osteoporosis often lead to immobility,
diminished quality of life and early death.
The foundation points to five strategies women can take to
maintain muscle strength, prevent bone loss or manage
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