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Medicare currently pays for approximately 80 % of these fractures, with hip fractures accounting for 72 % of fracture costs.

Due in part to an aging population, the cost of care is expected to rise to .3 billion by 2025 [].

Bone mass in older adults equals the peak bone mass achieved by age 18–25 minus the amount of bone subsequently lost.

Osteoporosis is a risk factor for fracture just as hypertension is for stroke.

The risk of fractures is highest in those with the lowest BMD; however, the majority of fractures occur in patients with low bone mass rather than osteoporosis, because of the large number of individuals with bone mass in this range.

About one out of every two Caucasian women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in her lifetime, as will approximately one in five men [].

Although osteoporosis is less frequent in African Americans, those with osteoporosis have the same elevated fracture risk as Caucasians.

However, most fractures in older adults are due at least in part to low bone mass, even when they result from considerable trauma.

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