Osteoporosis Risk Reduced

About 10 million Americans suffer osteoporosis, another 18 million have low bone mass, and half of all women will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

The National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment followed over 200,000 postmenopausal women who were seen at doctors’ offices, with no previous diagnosis of osteoporosis. As a result of screening, the study found that 39.6% had osteopenia or low bone density and 7% had osteoporosis.

The study found that drinking alcohol, estrogen replacement therapy, and exercise each reduced chances of developing osteoporosis.

The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


  • Siris, E.S. Identification and fracture outcomes of undiagnosed low bone density in postmenopausal women: Results from the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001, 286(22), 2815-2822.

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