It’s true that white women seem more likely than others to get osteoporosis, but the condition does not discriminate: men and women of all ethnic groups can get it.
Women may lose bone faster in their 50s, but by their late 60s, men and women lose bone mass at the same rate. One-quarter of men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Your age doesn’t protect you from the condition, either. A woman’s chance of getting osteoporosis does rise sharply after menopause, especially for white and Asian women, and those with small, thin frames. That’s because after menopause women can lose about 20% of their bone mass within 5-7 years.
But studies have shown that as many as 2% of college-age women may already have osteoporosis, and another 15% have lost a significant amount of bone density.
Imagine if you had to live the rest of your life on the money you’d saved by the time you were 30. That’s exactly what your bones have to do. They’re at their strongest around age 30, after which they gradually lose minerals. So children, teenagers, and young adults are building bone that must last the rest of their lives. That means it’s never too early to think about protecting yourself from osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis doesn’t have to be a natural part of aging. To build bone now and help prevent osteoporosis later: