A new study by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
has revealed that there is an acute lack of awareness among American people
concerning the bone disease.
The survey found that 40 percent of women and 60 percent
of men ages 45 and above are not bothered at all about the disease although 55
percent of people over the age of 50 are at risk for developing it.
Surprisingly some 80 percent of the people do not believe
that osteoporosis is a factor in fractures at all.
"We strongly urge patients to become aware of the
risks and causes of broken bones as they get older," said Dr. Felicia
Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
"It is clear that discussions between health professionals and patients
about bone health are not commonplace."
Additionally some 60
percent of women and 90 percent of men have not spoken to their doctor about
the risk of breaking a bone.