From Our 2009 Archives
Survey: Many Women Slip on Bone Health
Osteoporosis Disease Management Needs to Be a Priority for Postmenopausal Women, Report Concludes
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Osteoporosis has been declared a global health crisis by the World Health Organization and other health groups, and federal authorities say fractures related to osteoporosis are a major cause of death and disability.
More than 1,800 postmenopausal women completed online surveys conducted the last week of March 2009 by Harris Interactive and commissioned by the Know My Bones Council. Of the survey participants, 889 had postmenopausal osteoporosis and 912 didn't, and all were 50 or older.
The survey found, among other things, that:
The report says education can motivate women to make bone health a greater priority. After survey participants reviewed educational information about osteoporosis, nearly three quarters of women with osteoporosis reported that they plan to make their bone health more of a priority.
The Know My Bones Council includes the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the Society for Women's Health Research, and Amgen, a company that manufactures medicines.
"As women retire later, bone health is not a luxury, it is a necessity," says Felicia Cosman, MD, clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and medical director of the Clinical Research Center at Helen Hayes Hospital. "Although some women are making significant strikes toward better bone health, many are not and need to do more."
Archelle Georgiou, MD, a member of the Society for Women's Health Research board of directors, says that because four out of five people with osteoporosis are women, it's critical for them to make healthy bones a priority effort.
"We are pleased to see that after learning about the risks of osteoporosis as part of the survey, many women reported that they would take action to make bone health more of a priority by speaking with their doctor, re-evaluating their bone density scores, and educating themselves and others," she says in a news release.
May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.
SOURCES: News release, Know My Bones National Survey. Know My Bones Council, Harris Interactive.
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