Despite warnings seemingly everywhere, postmenopausal women remain hurtfully unaware of their elevated osteoporosis-related risks, according to the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW) of some 60,000 female patients living in Australia, Europe and North America. That's one scary conclusion, considering the chances women over age 50 will experience a fracture related to osteoporosis are 50-50, not to mention the escalating likelihood they will experience these problems as they get older.
By the numbers:
* Just a third of the women who reported two or more risk factors for fractures believed they were at a higher risk for fractures than peers in their own age group.
* Only 43 percent of female patients judged their risks of sustaining a fracture to be greater than those of women of a similar age.
* The disconnect among American women who reported at least two risk factors was particularly acute and alarming, with only 35 percent believing themselves to be at greater risk for fractures than their peers.
* Also among the 28,000 Americans who participated in the GLOW study, 38 percent reported a recent fall, 23 percent had already experienced a fracture and 20 percent had been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
All the more reason, you should exercise as often as your body and schedule allows and eat the best foods for your heart, mind and body.
Osteoporosis International March 31, 2010
University of Massachusetts Medical School April 2, 2010