This brochure provides facts about osteoporosis such as statistics, methods of prevention, and the bones at risk.
Osteoporosis - Articles

Updated: November 13, 2017


Osteoporosis is a bone disease.

The bones at risk are:

  • the vertebra
  • the wrist
  • the hip


  • 1 out of 2 women over 50 will develop fractures due to osteoporosis.
  • 1 out of 8 men over 50 will develop fractures due to osteoporosis.

With osteoporosis, the vertebrae, wrist, and hip become fragile and may break very easily.

Common Examples of breaks and fractures

  • A cough or rising from a bed or chair can fracture a vertebra.
  • Falling to the floor and landing on your hand can cause the wrist to break.
  • A slip or fall can result in a fractured hip.


  • 1 out of 4 over 50 who have hip fractures die within a year.
  • 1 out of 4 who survive need long-term care afterward.

Is osteoporosis creeping up on you?

Calcium-rich food choices and regular exercise can help prevent osteoporosis.

Take action to protect yourself:

  • Talk to your health care provider about osteoporosis.
  • Ask about a bone scan to determine your bone mass.
  • Contact your Penn State Extension office for information on prevention of osteoporosis.

It is never too late to protect your bones

Prepared by J. Lynne Brown, professor emeritus of food science.


J. Lynne Brown, Ph.D., R.D.