If you are female and over 50 years of age, you are therefore potentially one of the 50% of women in your age profile who have the bone thinning condition, osteoporosis. If you have been through an early menopause (before the age of 45) and if you are of Asian or Caucasian ethnicity, you may be at increased risk of osteoporosis too. In addition, there are certain genetic factors, including a family history of fractures experienced by older female family members and thin or small bones, that drive up the risk. Lifestyle may also have an impact.
Men Are Affected by Osteoporosis Too.
It comes as a surprise to many people to learn that millions of men in America also suffer from osteoporosis. In fact, one in 8 men over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. The hips, spine, wrists and ribs are all vulnerable areas, and the results of fracture can be serious, or even fatal.