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Osteoporosis (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis for Osteoporosis?

With adequate treatment, the progression of osteoporosis can be slowed, stopped, or reversed. Nevertheless, some people become severely disabled as a result of weakened bones. Some patients will fracture their hip, pelvis, vertebrae, wrist, humerus, or leg in the year following an osteoporotic vertebral fracture. Hip fractures are a frequent fracture and leave about half of those who break a hip unable to walk independently. Women who have a hip fracture are at fourfold greater risk for a second hip fracture. There is a significant overall increase in mortality (death rate) in the year after a hip fracture. By 80 years of age, 15% of women and 5% of men have hip fractures. Thus, osteoporosis is a serious disease that requires better efforts at prevention, detection, and treatment.

REFERENCES:

"Overview of the management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women"
UpToDate.com

"Screening for osteoporosis"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/30/2017

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