June 2000 Bulletin

Most women don’t talk to physicians about osteoporosis

A survey of 1,000 women with osteoporosis found 86 percent said that before they were diagnosed with osteoporosis, they never talked with their doctors about prevention.

Conversations with doctors were more frequent among those with household incomes of $50,000 or more (23 percent) and those who reported taking steps to prevent osteoporosis (29 percent). The survey was conducted by the Gallop Organization for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

The topic was brought up by doctors in some cases (47 percent) and by the women in other cases (44 percent). Most of the women (86 percent) said that if they had to do it all over again, they would talk more with their doctors about osteoporosis.

Nine out of 10 wish they had known more steps to prevent osteoporosis. Only one-third reported having taken steps to prevent to slow osteoporosis before their diagnosis.

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