To reduce the prevalence of Osteoporosis and Arthritis in West Virginia by providing information on prevention and education, making available information on treatment, and lessening pain and disability by encouraging individuals to maintain productive lives.
West Virginians and Osteoporosis
- In 2002, West Virginia had the oldest median age in the nation with a median age of 38.9 years.
- Women compose 51.4% of West Virginia's population.
- In 2002, a total of approximately 77.5% of women and 44.4% of all men aged 50 and older in West Virginia suffered from either osteoporosis or low bone mass.
- One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime.
- In 1996, the estimated osteoporosis-related hospitalization cost in West Virginia exceeded $42 million.
- For additional information about Osteoporosis, visit Osteoporosis 101.