Osteoporosis - Women Veterans Health Care
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Women Veterans Health Care has developed materials to expand awareness of osteoporosis among women Veterans.

Thumbnail of osteoporosis outreach poster: Don't let osteoporosis slow you down.

Osteoporosis Poster (578.3 KB, PDF)
Number: IB 10-315SM
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"

Osteoporosis Poster (806.3 MB, PDF)
Number: IB 10-315LG
Dimensions: 11" x 17"

Risk Factors and Prevention

Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans, 68 percent of whom are women. Osteoporosis can lead to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures.

It’s known as a "silent disease" because it usually progresses without symptoms until a fracture occurs or one or more vertebrae (bones in the spine) collapse. However, medical experts believe that osteoporosis is largely preventable. In addition, people who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis can take steps to prevent or slow further progress of the disease. VA can assist women Veterans of all ages in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Read more from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)* and Understanding and Living with Osteoporosis.

About Women Veterans

Women are now the fasting growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care is expected to be in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care.

Learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans.

Activity Ideas

Other ways to build awareness of osteoporosis:

  • Demonstrate weight-bearing exercise by organizing a walk
  • Encourage the canteen to serve calcium-rich food.
  • Schedule a speaker to discuss osteoporosis.

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