• Short stature, slender, Caucasian women are at greater risk for osteoporosis.
• Risk of osteoporosis in men becomes similar to women in advanced age (>80).
Alcohol and cigarette smoking accelerate this risk.
• Osteoporotic fractures usually begin in vertebrae under greatest anatomical load (T10-T12) and spread caudal and cephalad.

Why Care about Osteoporosis?

• In the US, the majority of patients with fragility fractures do not receive osteoporosis therapy.
• In one study of women > 65 yo with recent hip fracture, 13% were receiving adequate treatment for osteoporosis.





Osteoporosis Prevention: