Although men can get osteoporosis, women make up the majority of people affected by the disease – 80%, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Consider these facts from the National Women’s Resource Center:
Why Bone Density Testing Is Important
Osteoporosis is a treatable disease that thins and weakens your bones. Up until age 30, your body builds more new bone tissue than it breaks down, but that changes as you get older. In the first few years after menopause, most women go through rapid bone loss. Although the process slows, it continues during your postmenopausal years. Bone loss related to osteoporosis usually doesn’t cause symptoms in the early stages. In fact, many women don’t realize they have the disease until they start to feel pain or break a bone.