Osteoporosis, known as the “silent thief,” can cause bones to deteriorate over a number of years without any signs or symptoms, until a bone breaks. Unfortunately, by the time this happens, the disease is already fairly advanced.
While Osteoporosis can affect people at almost any age, it is most common among Canadians 50 years of age or older.
· 2 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis
· At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime
· Fragility fractures represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal women over the age of 50
· Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined