Osteoporosis or Low Bone Mass in Older Adults: United States, 2017-2018

NCHS Data Brief. 2021 Mar:(405):1-8.


Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease and is characterized by weakening of bone tissue, bone structure, and strength, and may lead to increased risk of fractures (1). Low bone mass increases the risk of developing osteoporosis (2). In the United States in 2010, an estimated 10.2 million people aged 50 and over had osteoporosis and about 43.3 million more people had low bone mass (3). This report provides prevalence estimates of osteoporosis and low bone mass among adults aged 50 and over in the United States in 2017-2018.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Fractures, Bone* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporosis* / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • United States / epidemiology