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Why is it important for postmenopausal women to know about osteoporosis?

It is important for postmenopausal women to know about osteoporosis because too often, women and their healthcare providers overlook the connection between a broken bone and osteoporosis. A fracture in a postmenopausal woman—especially one caused by falling from a standing position or less—is an indicator of osteoporosis and should be recognized as such.

One in two women over age 50 will have a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime, yet a Harris Poll survey showed that a startling 82 percent of postmenopausal women did not identify such bone fractures as a possible risk factor for osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women should not dismiss seemingly insignificant fragility fractures as "clumsiness," but instead see them as an important indicator for bone fragility, disease progression and the need for intervention.

If a postmenopausal woman breaks a bone, she should be sure to talk with her healthcare provider about her risk of another fall and whether she should be tested, and possibly treated, for osteoporosis.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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