Osteoporosis is a public health problem threatening the health and quality of life of more than 1.27 million North Carolinians age 50 and older. Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease characterized by thinning bones, leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist. It is most prevalent among Asian and Caucasian women over age 50 who are underweight, lack regular exercise and are thin boned. One out of every two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
It is estimated that at least $455 million were spent in the year 2000 in medical costs for people with at least 34,355 osteoporotic fractures, and this cost is expected to increase to $797 million for 60,547 fractures by Year 2025.
The North Carolina Osteoporosis Foundation, Inc. (NCOF) is a statewide not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2006 that works to reduce the impact of osteoporosis by advocating for preventive policies and programs, encouraging knowledge sharing, and developing partnerships for health promotion.
North Carolina Osteoporosis Foundation, Inc
PO Box 663
Oak Island, NC 28465
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Tax-deductible contributions are welcome. Please contact Stephanie Jones or mail contributions to NCOF, Inc., PO Box 663., Oak Island, NC 28465.