Who Are at Risk of Osteoporosis?
According to data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, almost 40% of osteoporosis cases occur in older women, with only 10% of cases affecting men. Those at higher risk of osteoporosis are elderly women who are approaching menopause or already in menopause; people who are largely inactive and do little physical activity; smokers or heavy drinkers; people who take medicines that include steroids, which are often found in asthma and rheumatic medicines.
Bone density is divided into three levels by the World Health Organization. These levels are:
Normal: Bone density of less than one standard deviation below the average for young normal women (T score > -1)
Osteopenia: Bone density between one standard deviation and 2.5 standard deviation below the average for young normal women (-2.5 < T score <= -1)
Osteoporosis: Bone density more than 2.5 standard deviation below the average for young normal women (T score <= -2.5)
Please don't wait, be sure to act today to prevent osteoporosis.
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