Donate to Osteoporosis Research, Patient Care and Education

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weaker and more likely to break or fracture. As the body ages, it loses more bone density than it is producing. The spine, hips and wrists are the sites at which the disease is most likely to occur. Bones may thin and become very brittle over time; osteoporosis can lead to severe, life-altering disabilities. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help scientists at Northwestern Medicine to advance research aimed at finding a cure for osteoporosis.

Diagnosing osteoporosis usually occurs after the first instance of a fragility fracture (or a bone fracture due to osteoporosis). Osteoporosis is sometimes called “the silent disease,” because people do not know that they have it until their first fragility fracture.  Patients are twice as likely to suffer a fragility fracture if they have had one in the past. With your support, scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine will continue to make progress in their efforts to more effectively prevent, diagnose and treat osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a common condition: 25 percent of all men, and 33 percent of all women, will have a fracture due to osteoporosis at some point in their life. The condition predominantly affects people age 65 and older, as well as postmenopausal women. However, people with low hormone levels, a family history of osteoporosis and/or a smaller body frame also have a higher risk of developing the disease. Smoking is known to decrease bone density and may contribute to osteoporosis. Additionally, people who have taken medications such as prednisone or glucocorticoids may be affected by osteoporosis.

Northwestern Medicine’s scientists are at the forefront of osteoporosis research, and, by making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to advance their efforts. Continued research strides and discoveries will help to enhance methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating osteoporosis. 

Osteoporosis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Loss of bone health is a serious issue that affects a large portion of the population. Continued, front-line research is essential to yield new knowledge and insights that will enable physician-scientists to serve patients affected by osteoporosis in the most effective and contemporary manner. Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help Northwestern Medicine’s dedicated investigators to make vital breakthroughs in the area of osteoporosis. Through your generosity, you will make a powerful difference in many lives. 

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