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Video: Economic Downturn Is Driving Many Osteoporotic Women to Retire Later - but Their Ability to Work May Be Undermined by Sub-Optimal Management of Their Disease
Date:5/14/2009

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"As women retire later, bone health is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Women need to make a substantial investment in their bone health to remain active and independent," said Felicia Cosman, MD., Clinical Director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Medical Director of the Clinical Research Center at the Helen Hayes Hospital. "Although some women are making significant strides toward better bone health, many are not and need to do more."

Survey results show many women with postmenopausal osteoporosis are not optimally managing their disease:

  • Less than half (46 percent) of women with PMO knew their bone density score
    • Women with PMO were no more likely to know their bone density score than those without the disease (46 percent versus 44 percent)
  • More than a quarter (27 percent) of the survey respondents reported that they often do not take their osteoporosis medication
  • Only a little more than one-third (35 percent) of women reported initiating discussion of the disease with their doctor

The research also revealed that the lives of women who have experienced an osteoporosis-related fracture were significantly impacted. More women with PMO who have experienced a fracture reported avoiding activities to prevent future fractures than those who have not experienced a fracture (71 percent versus 44 percent). More specifically, those who have experienced a fracture are more likely to avoid carrying heavy objects (44 percent versus 29 percent), avoid activities and hobbies (32 percent versus 13 percent) and avoid climbing stairs (23 percent versus six percent).

"Those who have experienced a fracture know all too well the real impact of this serious disease," said Dr. Cosman. "But it should not take a break for women to make bone health a priority.
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