Postmenopausal Osteoporosis – Nurse Practitioner
With an aging population, the prevalence of osteoporosis continues to increase. There are nearly 54 million adults in the US who have osteoporosis or are at high risk for the disease. About 1 in 4 women 65 years of age or older are affected – compared with 1 in 20 men over the age of 65.3 Fifty percent of women will break a bone due to osteoporosis. On an annual basis, fractures are linked with over 430,000 hospital admissions, 2.5 million medical office visits, and 180,000 nursing home admissions, not to mention decreased quality of life and limited mobility. It is predicted that by 2025, the cost of osteoporosis will exceed $25 billion annually. There is a growing need for health care providers to screen, educate, and intervene.