Washington, DC—The health and financial
impact of growing rates of osteoporosis in the United States could be staggering,
unless a concerted effort is made to prevent, identify, and treat the condition.
More than 2 million individuals in the United States will experience
osteoporosis-related fractures this year, resulting in medical costs estimated
to be more than $16.9 billion. According to findings presented at the Sixth
International Symposium on Osteoporosis here in April, the medical and financial
toll of the condition is likely to increase over the next 20 years as the
population of the United States ages. Men and minorities, who traditionally
have had lower rates of osteoporosis than those of women and whites, are expected
to make up a greater proportion of cases in the future, in part due to demographic
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