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Stronger Bones, Brighter Days: Understanding Osteoporosis
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What is the prevalence of Osteoporosis?

In Singapore, as in many developed countries with an aging population, osteoporosis has become a growing concern. The prevalence of osteoporosis varies by age, gender, and other factors. According to data available up to 2021:


  • In Women: Osteoporosis is more common in women, especially after menopause when estrogen levels decline. It was estimated that approximately 20-30% of postmenopausal women in Singapore may be affected by osteoporosis or have low bone mass (osteopenia), putting them at risk of fractures.


  • In Men: While osteoporosis is less common in men than in women, it still affects a significant portion of the male population, particularly as they age. The prevalence of osteoporosis in Singaporean men was estimated to be around 10-15% in older age groups.


  • Overall Prevalence: The overall prevalence of osteoporosis in Singapore was estimated to be around 10-20% of the population, with higher rates in older age groups.


Globally, osteoporosis is a major public health concern, primarily due to the aging population in many countries. As of 2021:


  • Women: It was estimated that approximately 200 million women worldwide were affected by osteoporosis.


  • Men: Osteoporosis also affected a substantial number of men, with estimates suggesting that about 75 million men had the condition.


  • Fractures: Osteoporosis-related fractures are a significant health issue globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually worldwide. This includes fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist.


  • Economic Impact: Osteoporosis has substantial economic implications due to healthcare costs associated with fractures, hospitalizations, and long-term care.


It’s important to note that these figures are subject to change as new research and data become available. Additionally, healthcare initiatives and interventions aimed at osteoporosis prevention and management can influence prevalence rates over time.