KEY MESSAGES AND FACTS ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS
Approximately one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will
break a bone due to osteoporosis.
An osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds.
By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and by 240% in women.
Urbanization and aging populations are driving rapid increases in the osteoporosis disease burden.
The majority of fragility fracture patients are neither assessed, nor treated by their health-care system hence there is failure to ‘Capture the Fracture’ and reduce risk of subsequent fractures.
A prior fracture is associated with an 86% increased risk of any fracture.
UNDERDIAGNOSED AND UNDERTREATED
Only one third of vertebral fractures come to clinical attention.
80% of people who have had at least one osteoporotic fracture are neither identi ed nor treated for osteoporosis.
DISABILITY AND LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE
Osteoporosis accounts for more days in hospital than other diseases like breast cancer, myocardial infarction, diabetes and others.
In men, the risk of fracture is up to 27% higher than the risk of prostate cancer.
INCREASED RISK OF MORTALITY
Hip fractures can cause loss of function and independence with: 40% unable to walk independently; 60% requiring assistance a year later; 33% being totally dependent on or in a nursing home in the year following a hip fracture.
Hip fractures cause the greatest morbidity with reported mortality rates up to 20-24% in the first year after a hip fracture.