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OSTEOPOROSIS

INTRODUCTION

is a metabolic bone disorder that affects more than 25 million Americans. Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass, which makes bones fragile and susceptible to fractures.

Approximately one million Americans suffer osteoporotic fractures yearly at a cost of over 14 billion dollars. Currently, most efforts targeted at the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis have involved postmenopausal Caucasian women. Although prior data has shown that Caucasians and Asians are at increased risk for osteoporosis, more recent data suggests that other ethnic groups are also at significant risk for this disease. The relative protection from osteoporosis in black women may be overemphasized, as many African-American women suffer osteoporotic fractures yearly. Additionally, African Americans have higher mortality rates than Caucasians following a hip fracture. canadian pharmacy support net

Despite an increase in osteoporosis with age in all ethnic populations, screening strategies contin­ue to be targeted at white women. Though African-American women have higher bone densities than Caucasian women throughout their life, substantial postmenopausal bone loss, which may lead to osteoporosis, also occurs in black women. To date, studies on the prevalence and treatment of osteoporosis have failed to include large populations of African-American women. This study examines the frequency of osteopenia and osteoporosis in an urban, primarily black population.

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