European osteoporosis crisis

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where the cells that break down bone operate at a higher function than the cells that repair bones. This leaves the bones more porous, brittle, and susceptible to fracture. Areas of the body most common for an osteoporotic fracture include the wrist, hip, spine, and shoulder due to the mechanism of injury with a fall. Osteoporosis is found in individuals over the age of 50. Internationally, 1 in 3 and 1 in 5 men experience osteoporosis during their lifetime.

European Osteoporosis Crisis:

Between 60 and 85% of women in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the UK are not properly being treated for osteoporosis according to a new study from the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Women in these countries experience fractures from minor occurrences without further investigation for the root cause of the fracture, increasing the likelihood of future fractures. In the year 2017 alone these countries had 2.7 million fractures from suspected osteoporotic causes, with a projected growth rate of 23% by the year 2030.

The World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases met in Paris April 4-7, 2019.

Hip Fracture Incidence Map

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Ten year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture for a 65-year-old person with a priority fragile fracture (Women)

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