According to new information from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), 200 million women worldwide are currently affected by osteoporosis, with one out of three women over 50 at high risk of suffering from fractures because of it.

Although women are expected to have longer lifespans, Science Daily reports that their quality of life may be jeopardized due to poor bone health. In fact, IOF reports that women over 45 spend more time in hospitals because of a simple fracture than any other conditions, such as heart problems and diabetes. Unfortunately, one fracture almost always leads to another. That’s why it’s important to have regular checkups and to take note of preventive measures against bone weakness.

"When a woman reaches menopause she must not delay any longer. Menopause is the critical time to take preventive measures against bone loss and muscle weakness that can lead to osteoporosis, falls and fractures," report co-author Professor Bess Dawson Hughes of Tufts University in Boston advises.

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