The Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic is a vital asset to Texas Diabetes Institute, as osteoporosis is the most common bone disease. This silent disease is characterized by loss of bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue leading to bone fragility and an increased risk of bone fracture

At the Texas Diabetes Institute, we offer recommendations to patients and their referring physicians regarding prevention, risk assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for both men and women of all ages. Close to 44 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. and 80 percent of those affected are women. The most common causes for bone loss is the loss of estrogen at the time of menopause and the aging process. This debilitating disease costs over $17 billion a year and the cost continues to rise.

It is estimated that 20 percent of Caucasian, 10 percent of Hispanic and five percent of African American postmenopausal women will have osteoporosis. The estimated prevalence in men is over 6 percent.