By 2020, 46 million women will be over 55. Women may spend 40% of their lives in menopause but yet 55% don’t even seek help! Almost 40% of men over 45 have testosterone deficiency. Between the ages of 20 to 40, women lose 50% of their testosterone production. As hormone levels become deficient, the risk for osteopenia (low bone density) and osteoporosis increase. Estradiol and testosterone are crucial in maintaining bone health and facilitating calcium uptake.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 44 million have osteopenia. One in two women and approximately one in four men will suffer a fracture due to bone loss. Yes, men also get osteoporosis! The chance of breaking a bone for women is greater than the combined risk of heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer and greater than the combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer. Men are more likely to break bones due to osteoporosis than to get prostate cancer. Unfortunately if the fracture is involving the hip, there can a 24% mortality. 25% of patients subsequently require assisted living and 50% never recover completely.