Prevalence and Incidence of Osteoporosis


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Osteoporosis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Osteoporosis at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Osteoporosis refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Osteoporosis diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Osteoporosis: 28 million Americans (10 million with osteoporosis; 18 million with low bone mass); eight million American women and 2 million men (NWHIC)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 9 or 10.29% or 28 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Osteoporosis: 18 million with low bone mass (many are undiagnosed)
Undiagnosed prevalence rate: approx 1 in 15 or 6.62% or 18 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a major health risk for 28 million Americans. In the United States today, 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for this disease.1 ... Overall, approximately eight million American women and 2 million men have osteoporosis.2

Prevelance statistics about Osteoporosis: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Osteoporosis:

  • 10 million cases in the USA (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 34 million at risk cases in the USA (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 55% of people over 50 in the USA (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 80% of cases in the USA are women (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 20% of cases in the USA are men (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 50% of women over 50 in the USA will have an osteoporosis related fracture during their lifetime (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 25% of men over 50 in the USA will have an osteoporosis related fracture during their lifetime (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2004)
  • 10 million cases of osteoporosis in the US (Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring)
  • 18 million people at risk of developing osteoporosis in the US (Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring)
  • 80% of cases of osteoporosis occurs in women in the US (Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring)
  • 8 million cases of osteoporosis in women in the US (Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring)
  • 2 million cases of osteoporosis in men in the US (Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring)
  • 15% of white women over 50 have osteoporosis in the US (Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring)
  • Up to 70% of women over 80 years have osteoporosis in the US (WHO)
  • 1.6% of population self-reported having osteoporosis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0.6% of male population self-reported having osteoporosis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 2.5% of female population self-reported having osteoporosis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 300,000 people self-reported having osteoporosis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 248,000 women self-reported having osteoporosis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 52,000 men self-reported having osteoporosis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS
2. excerpt from Osteoporosis: NWHIC

Last revision: June 5, 2003

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