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Medical News & Perspectives
May 25, 2005

Better Osteoporosis Management a Priority

JAMA. 2005;293(20):2453-2458. doi:10.1001/jama.293.20.2453

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 changes.