Is osteoporosis fatal?

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Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

A research paper published in 2021 shows that there is a lack of proper data on bone density which makes it difficult to identify cases of osteoporosis in India. Osteoporosis is not considered a fatal disease as it does not directly cause death. Still, osteoporosis has a high burden of morbidity in India. In this article, we will discuss whether osteoporosis leads to death. We will also explore its impacts on the life expectancy of people. 

Can osteoporosis cause death?

No. Osteoporosis is not exactly a death sentence as the condition does not directly lead to death. Also, osteoporosis itself is not typically fatal. People with osteoporosis can live a long life if they take proper treatment and avoid fractures. However, the complications of osteoporosis, particularly fractures, can be serious and even life-threatening in some cases. For example, hip fractures can lead to a decline in overall health and functioning. It can also increase the risk of pneumonia and blood clots, and in some cases, may lead to death.

Research states that the type of fracture can be a determining factor of death. However, osteoporosis and fractures related to it do not directly cause death for most people. This research also highlights that the majority of deaths due to osteoporosis are fracture-induced. Another study also highlights the same in patients aged 45 or above. The results of this study show that ‘certain fractures due to osteoporosis can cause premature death in people above 45 and older’. So, people with osteoporosis can live well and have a good quality long life if they take proper treatment and avoid fractures. Osteoporosis may also increase the risk of other medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.

Does osteoporosis affect life expectancy?

Osteoporosis itself does not directly affect life expectancy. However, the complications of osteoporosis, such as fractures and their related health consequences, can contribute to a decrease in life expectancy. A research paper published in 2015 informs that the average life expectancy of individuals with osteoporosis is over 15 years for women under the age of 75 and men under the age of 60.

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Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

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Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

Can osteoporosis lead to death?
Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures due to a decrease in bone density. Evidence suggests that fractures increase the risk of death in these individuals even if they do not directly cause death. But currently available treatments are effective in preventing the progression of the disease and therefore individuals with osteoporosis can live a normal life.

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Disclaimer: Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can futher read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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