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Osteoporosis affects both Men and Women




1 in 3 women 

aged over 50 will experience

 osteoporotic fractures



as will

1 in 5 men 

aged over 50 1,2,3


as will,


Osteoporosis is estimated

to affect 200 million

women worldwide - approximately


of women aged 60

Of women aged 60


of women aged 70


of women aged 80


of women aged 904

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis (literally means porous bone),
is a disease in which the density and quality
of bone are reduced. As bones become more
porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is
greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs
silently and progressively. Osteoporosis is
often called a silent disease because bone
loss occurs without symptoms unless one
has fractured.

Healthy Bone
Osteoporotic Bone

Fractures from osteoporosis is more common than

heart attack,stroke and breast cancer combined5



Breast Cancer  


Heart Attack




Fragility Fracture

In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer6.

Osteoporosis may have serious implications for patients



Up to 20% of patients
die in the first year following
hip fractures, mostly due
to pre-existing medical
conditions. Less than half
those who survive the
hip fracture regain their
previous level of function7



Women who develop
a vertebral fracture
are at substantial risk
for additional fracture
within the next
1-2 years8,9



Nearly 75% of hip,
spine and distal forearm
fractures occur among
patients 65 years old
or over10

Poor Patient Compliance is a major problem in the fight against Osteoporosis

There is a range of drug treatment available for postmenopausal osteoporosis. Different studies have consistently shown that, depending on the drug and the patient population, treatment reduces the risk of vertebral fracture by between 30-70%, nonvertebral fractures by between 15-20%, and hip fractures up to 40%.11,12

Poor compliance is one of the most important treatment  problems. Studies show that only 40% of patients take  treatment for more than one year. At two years, only 20% of patients are still taking their medication.13,14 

What can you do to fight against Osteoporosis

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans to measure bone mineral density (BMD) have an important role in the evaluation of individuals at risk of osteoporosis, and in helping clinicians advise patients about the appropriate use of antifracture treatment. BMD results can be  interpreted using the World Health Organization T-score definition of osteoporosis, a proven ability to predict fracture risk, proven effectiveness at targeting antifracture therapies, and  the ability to monitor response to treatment.15

Learn more about Bone Mineral Density Test and DXA Technology:

from GE Healthcare: