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How serious is a bone fracture from osteoporosis?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and 34 million people who have low bone mass are at risk for it, says the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The disease can have serious ramifications. Osteoporosis results in poor bone quality, which increases the risk for fractures.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, osteoporotic fractures cost the U.S. healthcare system $17 billion each year. The disease also comes with high mortality: one-fifth of hip fracture patients will die during the first year after fracture, one-third require nursing home care, and only one-third return to their normal functional status.

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