Navigation Links
National Osteoporosis Foundation Survey Reveals Low Awareness of Bone Health and Risk of Osteoporosis
Date:5/22/2008

Despite Growing Numbers of Americans Living with or at Risk for Osteoporosis, Conversations about Bone Health and Testing for Osteoporosis is Lacking

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) today announced results of a nationwide survey that reveals a concerning low awareness of bone health and risk for osteoporosis in American men and women age 45 and older, as well as a lack of conversations regarding bone health between patients in this age group and their health professionals.

While 55 percent of people over the age of 50 are living with or at risk for osteoporosis, the study reveals that 40 percent of women and 60 percent of men age 45 and older have little or no concern about their bone health. The study also reveals that most Americans 45 and older are concerned about the impact a broken bone would have on daily activities and their independence to live how they choose, however, almost 80 percent of them do not believe osteoporosis as a risk factor in broken bones.

This failure to link osteoporosis with broken bones as we age is particularly concerning when one in two women and one in four men older than 50 is estimated to break a bone due to osteoporosis in their remaining lifetime. In fact, a woman's risk of a hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Fracture is the medical condition name commonly used to describe a broken bone. A fracture is a break, however, almost half of Americans age 45+ are not aware that these are the same.

According to the study, six of ten women and nine of ten men have not yet had a discussion about the risk of breaking a bone with their healthcare provider. A staggering four in ten women in this age group have not had a bone density test, and for men this number is nearly twice as high. Americans report they didn't think to ask about a bone density scan or were waiting for their health professional to bring it up. Both women and men are unlikely to have a bone density test in the coming year.

"We strongly urge patients to become aware of the risks and causes of broken bones as they get older," said Dr. Felicia Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. "It is clear that discussions between health professionals and patients about bone health are not commonplace. NOF is working to advance the process of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis through developments such as our new Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis, however, patients need to take charge of their health and bring up the topic with their health professionals rather than relying on them to bring it up first."

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recently released its new Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis representing a major breakthrough in the way healthcare providers evaluate and treat people with osteoporosis or low bone mass. These developments provide a markedly improved method to assure that people with the highest risk of fracture get treated and that lower risk people are put on a prevention plan that is right for them. The guide incorporates the World Health Organization's (WHO) recently released algorithm on absolute fracture risk called FRAX(R) which estimates the likelihood of a person to break a bone due to low bone mass or osteoporosis over a period of ten years.

The pre-press draft of the guide is now available for download on the NOF Web site (http://www.nof.org) and has been widely viewed by NOF's network of health professionals. The guide will be printed and distributed to thousands of health professionals across the country within the next several months.

The survey revealed that bone density testing is covered by most health insurance plans. Patients should ask their health insurance if they are covered and to speak with their health professional about their bone health. NOF recommends all women age 65 and older and men age 70 and older receive a bone mineral density test. Additionally, depending on an individual's risk, postmenopausal women and men age 50 - 70, should be tested as well any adult who has suffered a fracture.

This survey was conducted by the Roper Public Affairs and Media group among a national random digit dialing (RDD) probability sample of 661 Americans age 45 and above. The survey was conducted April 11 - 13, 2008 and the margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.

Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation's leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health. Our mission is to prevent osteoporosis, to promote lifelong bone health, to help improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis and related fractures, and to find a cure. For more information on osteoporosis and bone health, contact NOF online at http://www.nof.org or by telephone (800) 223-9994.


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Osteoporosis Foundation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. International study strengthens case for daily calcium pill
2. Yakima Health Care Leader Tapped for Leadership Post at National Association
3. Virginia Tech Report Has National Importance
4. Donate Life America Dispels Myths About Organ & Tissue Donation Among Hispanics During National Hispanic Heritage Month
5. Us TOO Launches National SEA Blue Campaign for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
6. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Announces Webcast of Presentation at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
7. National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the Largest Insurance Subrogation Association in the World - Announced Today that Leslie Wiernik has Joined the Organization as Director of Education
8. 4-Star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Former U.S. Drug Czar, to Address National Drug Crisis, Keynote Grand Opening of New Allenwood, PA National Model Detox Center
9. Australian-led international study shows blood pressure drugs cut death rate in type 2 diabetes
10. LCA Hails International Investigators Studying Lung Cancer
11. National Patient Safety Foundation Partners with Vocera Communications
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... A quote from ... outpouring of comments on social media that offer a rare glimpse into the mind ... ADHD authority and New York Times bestselling author, has described people with ADHD as ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... The Cliff Hart ... in South Lyon, Dewitt, Williamston, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Farmington Hills, is ... for a brain tumor. , Jason Bauer and his family are longtime members ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... ... A. Kevin Spann Insurance, a New York-based firm offering insurance and financial consultation ... drive to raise funds that will benefit the Marine Corps League. , The Marine ... Corpsmen. Working closely with the MCL, the A. Kevin Spann team plans to generate ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... Delete® - ... in Time For The Holiday Party Season. Save Up To 33% Off Botox® and ... Salon is providing the Phoenix Valley with Delightful Deals on Botox® and ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Gensuite is honored to be selected as ... Product Launch category. Gensuite’s entry on their EZ Scan feature detailed the tool’s ... Training Group is a professional event and training provider based in the United ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... YORK , Dec. 7, 2016 ... report on pulmonary drugs studies the current as ... The stakeholders of this report include companies and ... various pulmonary/respiratory drugs and/or drug-device combinations as well ... This report comprises an elaborate executive summary along ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , December 7, 2016 ... "Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) Market, by Components ... (Enterprises, Site), End-users (Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies, Clinical ... Growth, Share, Size and Forecast to 2022", published ... management system (CTMS) market is expected to grow ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging a physician ... 866-714-6466 if they possess proof a pharmaceutical company is bribing doctors ... the innocent patients frequently being the victims, these types of schemes ... Medicare recipients or the elderly. Photo ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: