How common is osteoporosis and who is at highest risk?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive disease of multifactorial etiology (see Etiology) and is the most common metabolic bone disease in the United States. It has been most frequently recognized in postmenopausal women, persons with small bone structure, the elderly, and in Caucasians and person of Asians background, although it does occur in both sexes, all races, and all age groups. Screening at-risk populations is essential and can identify persons with osteoporosis before fractures occur.(see Workup).


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