A Home Health Care Issue
Osteoporosis is a serious health issue causing premature disability to millions of Americans. Costs associated with this disease exceed 13.8 billion dollars per year. Women have a greater risk for osteoporosis than men. However, men are also susceptible to bone loss and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis education for the health care professional is warranted. Understanding risk factors and utilizing bone measurement techniques will result in earlier detection of osteoporosis. Adequate calcium intakes and weight bearing exercise is essential in prevention and maintenance of osteoporosis. This article discusses osteoporosis as a home health care issue.