Total fractures were over 2 million, costing nearly $17 billion in 2005, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Osteoporosis is more than a disease that affects the elderly.
The population is aging, this means more and more people are reaching the high-risk age for osteoporosis-age 50.
It also means the burden of the cost is falling on fewer and fewer workers.
It is not just hip fractures either.
Hip fractures account for only 14 percent of all osteoporosis related fracture but 79 percent of all costs.
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