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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY ALLISON THOMAS

OSTEOPOROSIS 10

million
Americans have
osteoporosis

8

million
of them are
women

1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men
older than 50 will sustain an
osteoporosis-related fracture

Calcium and vitamin D
help prevent osteoporosis
and slow its progression.
RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE:
CALCIUM

1,000 mg

Women and men
ages 19 to 50

1,200 mg

Women and men
older than 50

2 million

VITAMIN D

600 IU

Women and men
up to age 70

800 IU

Women and men
older than 70
4,000 IU maximum for adults.
IU = international units

osteoporosis-related bone
fractures occur each year

Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National Institutes of Health, National Osteoporosis Foundation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Supplement Your Bone Strength

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W IN TER 2019

Nutrition Examination Survey
data that found 80.8 percent
of people with an osteoporosis diagnosis don't get the
calcium and vitamin D supplementation needed to help
lower their fracture risk.
This is in part because
people tend to view osteoporosis as a normal side effect
of aging and accept the diagnosis without realizing they
can treat it, he says.
Nigh's study also found
that just 14 percent of people
who'd had a hip fracture were

getting the supplementation
they needed.
And it's not just women
who are affected-men can
get osteoporosis, as well.
Nigh recommends that both
women and men older than
50 start a conversation with
their physicians about vitamin
D and calcium supplementation, even if no signs of bone
loss are present.
"They may also want to ask
for vitamin D levels in their
blood to be checked to see if
they're deficient," he says.

Let's Talk
Bone Health
Learn more about
bone health and
how to preserve
yours by listening to the National
Osteoporosis
Foundation's
Bone Talk podcast.
Find episodes at
bonetalk.org.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY GETTY IMAGES

Osteoporosis is a disease that
involves progressive bone
loss, and it's associated with
a greater risk of fractures. It's
a serious health concern that
affects millions of Americans,
yet it's also one that frequently goes undiagnosed.
"It's kind of a silent disease; you don't really feel the
effects until you suffer a fracture," says Evan Nigh, MD,
spokesman for the American
Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons. Nigh recently led a
study of National Health and

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