Osteoporosis literally means porous bone. According to NIH definition osteoporosis a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing a person to an increased risk of fracture. It is common, silent, measurable, treatable and potentially lethal disease.
A Major Health Threat
In the US 34 million individuals have low bone mass and 10 million have osteoporosis.
Up to 50% of postmenopausal women will suffer an osteoporotic-related fracture within their lifetime. 30% of all women reaching 90 years of age will suffer a hip fracture.
25% of men over age 50 will develop related fractures in their lifetime.
Type 1: Postmenopausal (six times more common in women)
Type 2: Involutional or senile osteoporosis (twice as common in women)
Idiopathic osteoporosis: Occurs in children and young adults of both sexes with normal gonadal function.