The worldwide problem of osteoporosis: insights afforded by epidemiology.

  title={The worldwide problem of osteoporosis: insights afforded by epidemiology.},
  author={B. Lawrence Riggs and Lee Joseph Melton},
  volume={17 5 Suppl},
Osteoporosis is one of the major problems facing women and older people of both sexes. The morbid event in osteoporosis is fracture. However, the definition of osteoporosis should not require the presence of fractures but only a decrease in bone mass that is associated with an unacceptably high risk of fracture. In the USA, approximately 1.5 million fractures annually are attributable to osteoporosis: these include 700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 distal forearm (Colles') fractures, 250,000… CONTINUE READING
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