Most Fractures Are Not Caused By Osteoporosis (Studies Confirm This!) - Save Our Bones

The Medical Establishment would have you believe that osteoporosis is the major cause of fractures. However, statistics show that most people who break a bone don't have osteoporosis.

Big Pharma will try to scare you into taking their drugs, and unfortunately, some doctors will do the same. Information is the best inoculation against this fearmongering.

Today we'll look at the facts about the relationship between fractures and osteoporosis to reveal why those drugs are ineffective, and chart a safer and more sure path to fracture prevention.

Study Finds Most Fractures Are Not Caused By Osteoporosis

A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2019 found that two-thirds of all fractures are not attributable to osteoporosis and advancing age. In fact, that conclusion was so clear that they made it the title of the study.

This research included 3700 participants aged 50 years or older who were part of an ongoing population-based prospective cohort study, the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology study. The researchers analyzed the bone mineral density and other health metrics of participants who experienced a fracture.1

They found that only 21% of total fractures in women and 16% of total fractures in men were attributable to osteoporosis.

“Although low BMD has been recognized as the most robust risk factor for fragility fracture, it has recently been shown that a majority of fractures occur in those without osteoporotic BMD. In this study, we confirmed that observation. Indeed, almost 73% of women and 94% of men who had sustained a fracture did not have osteoporotic BMD at baseline.”1

The cause of fractures in the majority of cases is not osteoporosis. This finding underscores the value of a holistic approach to preventing fracture. It's about more than bone mineral density, as the Save Institute has said from the very beginning.


A study found that the majority of fractures are not attributable to osteoporosis or low bone mineral density. Preventing fractures requires addressing other risks in addition to BMD through a more holistic approach.

Confirmed By Study: The Medical Establishment Has It All Wrong

An article published in 2015 in the Journal of Internal Medicine as part of their symposium on osteoporosis called out the Medical Establishment for its misguided approach to fracture prevention. The paper is titled “Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes.”

The authors of the report analyzed a wealth of data from previous studies on fracture risk, bone density, health outcomes in fracture patients, and osteoporosis. Their conclusion was simple: The Medical Establishment's current approach to bone health (prescribing osteoporosis drugs) is not only ineffective, but it's also likely doing more harm than good.2

“Despite the burden of illness related to hip fractures, the main ways to prevent these fractures have not changed in nearly 25 years: stop smoking, be active, and eat well. This advice is appropriate for anyone whether or not they are worried about osteoporosis and has advantages for the entire human body, including the brain, heart, skin, and bones.”2

This conclusion is a resounding rebuff to the Big Pharma-fueled frenzy of osteoporosis drug prescriptions that have been pushed on hesitant patients for the past few decades. The focus on bone mineral density has benefited pharmaceutical companies who conspired with the Medical Establishment to set that single metric as the justification for prescribing their drugs.

Meanwhile, patients have suffered horrendous side effects. Fortunately, safer and more effective natural ways to improve bone health and avoid falls and fractures have been and still are readily available.


A report published in the Journal of Internal Medicine in 2015 concluded that Big Pharma's osteoporosis drugs have done more harm than good. The article underscored the value of the Save Institute's all-natural health-boosting approach to improving bone quality and avoiding falls and fractures.

Take Effective Action To Prevent Fractures

The Save Institute has been promoting a holistic, all-natural approach to preventing falls and fractures from the very beginning. A measurement of your bone mineral density is not providing a complete understanding of the health of your bones– and taking a drug to alter your bone density is not effective at preventing fracture.

Instead, improve the quality of your diet, exercise more often, and make changes to your lifestyle that will help keep you active, healthy, and steady on your feet.

You can tell your doctor that you want to take a drug-free approach to strengthen your bones and prevent fractures. If he or she doesn't listen to you– then it might be time to find a doctor who will. At the Save Institute, we know how difficult this can be. That’s why the Osteoporosis Reversal Program includes Doctor Communication Tutorials, where you'll find effective communication techniques you can use to establish an open and honest dialogue with your doctor, and much more.

Don't forget you're not alone! You're part of a robust and growing community of Savers who are choosing to improve their health and strengthen their bones without Big Pharma's drugs or their grisly side effects.


Instead of taking harmful and effective drugs that focus solely on BMD, take a natural, holistic approach: improve the quality of your diet, exercise more often, and make changes to your lifestyle that will help keep you active, healthy, and steady on your feet.

What This Means To You

Most people who break a bone don't have osteoporosis. Don't fall for the scare tactics employed by Big Pharma or doctors. You can prevent fractures effectively by staying healthy and strong. The Save Institute has created several resources to help you do just that.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program does more than just prevent and reverse the diagnosis of osteoporosis– it helps you build real, lasting good health. Instead of side effects, it has additional benefits!

Exercise is an important component of the ORP, so if you want support developing the perfect bone-building workout routine, exploring meditation, building strength and flexibility, and more– check out SaveTrainer. It's an online video-workout platform with professional trainers who have classes catered to every skill level, available anytime, anywhere.

You have powerful tools at your disposal, tools you can use to prevent fractures and falls, and lead the full and independent life you want.




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  1. Hester

    Hi Vivian – thanks so much for posting this article. They always want you to believe and scare people about their situation.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re welcome, Hester!

  2. Judy

    I was going to a chiropractor for a joint issue and the dr. had mentioned that my bones were weakened when looking at xrays. He was gentle in getting the joint in place, then without telling me on one of the last appointments for joint issue; he gave me a “muscle treatment” for “twisted muscles in back” (his words); he gave a treatment with a bear hold that knocked the breathe out of me with pain level of 10. My muscles started tightening up and would not relax for several weeks. I could hardly breathe because of the tight muscles in my abs and back. I went back to get him to relax the muscles. I should have went to a real doctor because my muscles kept pulling my back until the spine was fractured. This is a WARNING to careful selection of your doctors, and I’m asking for any suggestions for restoring damage. Thanks!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      What a story, Judy! My thoughts are with you during these difficult times. You should consult with a reputable orthopedist and physical therapist. I wish you a steady recovery.

  3. Eileen Bartelt

    It just” blows my mind” that the medical community still pushes pharmaceuticals for osteoporosis when there is so much evidence of the harm it does. This has been going on for a very long time now. This is just plain negligence on the part of medicine.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Well said, Eileen!

  4. Phil

    I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 5 years ago and was advised to take alendronic acid. I refused to take drugs and have been using exercise and diet to counter osteoporosis. Now, 5 years later, I had an accident and broke my shoulder. As a result, I ended up having another bone density scan. My total hip score has improved +6% (now osteopenia) but my lumbar spine has deteriorated – 7.5%.
    Because of the spine score, the doctor is telling me I really need to take medication.
    However, at the moment, I am determined to find more exercises to improve my lumbar spine score and not go down the drug route. Can you suggest some?

  5. Loraine

    Hi, I’ve been taking Prolia every 6 months now for at least 5 years, maybe longer.
    I never had a bad reaction to the injections and my bone density went from osteoporosis to osteopenia. It seems to be holding the same now, not getting better but not getting worse. I would like to try a more natural approach but I was told If I wanted to stop prolia then I should go on another drug because of high chance of fractures…what can I do? I’m very active and it would be devastating if I could no longer do the things I do now. Im 64 and do have a small frame.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Indeed, the Medical Establishment recommends bisphosphonates after stopping Prolia because of the increased risk of fractures. But you can transition to a natural osteoporosis treatment and I recommend you consult with a functional medicine doctor that can check your bone markers and do other relevant tests as you wean yourself off the drug.

      • Loraine

        Thankyou, I will definitely do that, my bone scan show I have osteoporosis in the lower spine and one hip so i think being monitored while I’m off prolia will be very important.

  6. Ruth Olde

    I have been a ‘Saver’ for many years and it has helped and encouraged me in so many healthy ways.
    I recognize the numerous benefits of, and strongly desire a meditation practice. I am looking for articles or books that might help me reach a deeper level as quieting the mind is a constant challenge
    Thank you as always – please continue your wonderful contributions to the osteoporosis world
    Ruth Olde

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I really appreciate your kind words, Ruth! Our SaveTrainer platform contains stress relief, meditation, and yoga workouts 🙂

  7. Frances Kempin

    I have been receiving a Prolia injection for two years. When I quit taking the injection I fractured in two places in my spine. I feel there is no way to stop the injections.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I’m so sorry, Frances! Unfortunately, it has been confirmed by studies that Prolia increases the risk of fractures once the drug is stopped. You can read about that in this article:

      But that doesn’t mean that your bones can’t recover from the damage caused by the drugs. If you haven’t yet, you can follow a natural path to bone health to strengthen and heal your bones.

  8. Abby Pariser

    But you dont say what Does Cause fractures.
    If it’s not low bone density, how do bones fracture?
    You only say 79% aren’t caused by low bone density.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Abby, the vast majority of fractures are caused by traumas such as car accidents, sports injuries, and falls. Fractures most often happen when more force is applied to the bone than the bone can take.

  9. Ita

    Thank you , Ita.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re very welcome, Ita!

  10. Olori Oyin Kambon

    I have osteoporosis -3.3. I eat health , exercise about 3to 4 times a week. I refuse to take medication . I love to dance, but my body feels very weak sometimes. I cannot carry a bag when I walk. I need to learn on a shopping cart at the grocery. The doctor says it is because my bones are brittle and weak

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Your doctor should focus more on your muscles instead of your bones. You wrote that you exercise several times a week, so make sure you work on strengthening your muscles and improving mobility. Keep in mind that osteoporosis is a “silent disease” because typically there are no symptoms.

    • Carlene

      My doctor put me on Fossamax 1 year ago. I’m an active 72 year old women. I get in 8,000 steps each day. I also climb atleast 10 flights of stairs daily.
      I’m having a build up of calcium in my teeth . I recently had to have a very expensive root cancel . The doctor asked if I was on Fosamax! Every root canal he has done lately are all due to the medication .
      I have a doctors appointment in April and I want to go off the medication. How do I do this!

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        I’m sorry that you’re yet one more victim of osteoporosis drugs, Carlene! The ORP walks you through stopping the medications and applying natural methods to improve bone health. And the ORP also includes Doctor Communication Tutorials, where you can get ideas on how to let your doctor know you want to stop the medications.

      • Deanna Wagoner

        I did not take Fosaamax but I did have a recurring calcium build up on my teeth for years. I started distilling and filtering all drinking water and started using salt and baking soda instead of tooth paste and my teeth have no problems at all. My dentist was amazed at the improvement in my mouth. I believe the problem was the flouride in the water and which is found in tooth paste. I am 82 and pleased to have a really clean mouth for the first time in my life.

        • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

          Congratulations, Deanna! You solved it 🙂 Indeed, fluoride is actually harmful to our teeth, our bones, and our overall health. What we drink is so relevant to maintaining and improving our health that the ORP includes the Osteoporosis Hydration Protocol, where you’ll find science-backed information on fluoride and much more.

    • Donna Mcfarland

      I applaud you for wanting to take control of this situation in the healthiest way possible. If you’re feeling very weak- please engage in a small/ light weight routine -consistently. We do build strength this way. It’s slow and steady that’ll win this game. All the best to you!!

  11. Alla Redigolo

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