May is National Osteoporosis Month

May is National Osteoporosis Month

Did you know that approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime? That’s half of all women and a quarter of all men. Also, over 40 million Americans already have osteoporosis, or are at high risk of developing osteoporosis due to low bone mass. Yet, osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease, especially when signs of risk are detected early. This is one of the reasons Medicare Part B provides coverage for bone mass measurements every 2 years for eligible beneficiaries. One way to help spread awareness of this Medicare-covered preventive services benefit is through the designation of May as National Osteoporosis Month.

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Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.