Quality of life
Why prevent the first fracture?
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone density and the deterioration of bone tissue. As the bones become more porous and fragile, there is an increased risk of fracture - even after a minor bump. There are usually no symptoms until the first fracture occurs. Fractures, particularly those of the hip and vertebra, cause untold suffering, lasting disability, and a greatly diminished quality of life. Hip fractures often require permanent nursing care, the fractures are also a significant cause of mortality in elderly people.
Around the world, it is estimated that osteoporosis affects one out of every three women and one out of eight men over the age of 50. In Europe the increase in the ageing population will result in a doubling of the number of osteoporosis patients in the next 50 years.
Unlike some diseases, osteoporosis can be easily diagnosed and treated. A bonehealthy lifestyle and early detection by means of a safe and painless bone mineral density (BMD) measurement are the keys to preventing the first fracture. Today an increasing number of effective medications are available to help treat osteoporosis. Effective treatment has been shown to reduce the risk of fragility fractures by 50% as early as one year after treatment begins.