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Family History is Key Risk Factor in Developing Osteoporosis
Date:5/1/2009

National Osteoporosis Foundation calls on Moms to Address Bone Health with Daughters

WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Of all the gifts that generations of women have passed on to their loved ones, one of the most important is the gift of knowledge about health -- especially information about bone health and osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is sponsoring A Gift from Mothers to Daughters as the theme for Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention this May to help break the cycle of generations of women suffering from this disease.

"An estimated one in two women age 50 and older will break a bone from osteoporosis in their remaining lifetime," said Leo Schargorodski, executive director of NOF. "Our goal is to provide parents information about bone health and osteoporosis prevention, so they can not only protect themselves, but also influence the next generation to make lifelong bone health a family tradition."

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze. In the U.S. today, nearly 8 million women have osteoporosis and millions more are at risk. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Surgeon General have joined NOF in declaring osteoporosis a major public health issue for the nation.

In a 2008 survey, it was revealed that 40 percent of women and 60 percent of men age 45 and older have little or no concern about their bone health.(1) Additionally, it has been reported that nine out of 10 teenage girls fail to get enough of the calcium they need.(2)

"Bone health is a family issue, particularly as genetics and heredity are among the key factors that influence a person's risk of developing osteoporosis," said Robert Recker, MD, president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. "However, there are many lifestyle choices that families can mak
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