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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also called fractures, typically occur in the hip, spine and wrist. Research indicates that osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures each year.

Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women. Caucasian and Asian women are at greatest risk for developing osteoporosis.  Some factors that increase the risk of developing osteoporosis include:

  • Advanced age 
  • Family history
  • Small or thin build
  • Low calcium and Vitamin D intake
  • Physical inactivity  
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Excessive caffeine
  • Chronic diseases of the kidney, lung, stomach and intestines

Osteoporosis is a silent disease that causes no symptoms until a fracture occurs. This is why prevention and early recognition are important. Risk factors are similar in men and women. Men of all ethnic groups are affected; however, Caucasian men appear to be at the greatest risk for osteoporosis. 

Kentucky Osteoporosis Toolkit

The Kentucky Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program has designed this educational tool kit. In this kit you will find activities to help get your group thinking about osteoporosis, reports from the Surgeon General's Office and fact sheets.

Please feel free to download any of this material. 

Kentucky Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program Tool Kit

More Osteoporosis Resources
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Are You at Risk?
 

If you think you may be at risk for osteoporosis,  consult your health care professional as soon as possible. Some of the debilitating effects of this disease can be avoided.

 

Last Updated 12/17/2013
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