The International Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that osteoporosis affects about 200 million women worldwide. Women start with lower bone density than their male peers and they lose bone mass more quickly as they age, which leads to osteoporosis in many women. Between the ages of 20 and 80, the average white woman loses one-third of her hip bone density, compared to a bone density loss of only one-fourth in men.
- 68 percent of the 44 million people at risk for osteoporosis are women.
- One of every two women over age 50 will likely have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. That’s twice the rate of fractures in men — one in four.
- 75 percent of all cases of hip osteoporosis affect women.
The risk of osteoporosis is going to be at its peak in the next 30 years as the burden of disease is going to come mainly from the Asian region
The pictorial graph below shows the projected dramatic increase in the cases of hip fractures in the Asian region. Between 1950 and 20150 the projected rise of hip fractures is 5 fold and more. This is mainly because of the increase in the aging population in Asia.