In the European Union (EU), someone has an osteoporotic fracture every 30 seconds . With an ageing population, the incidence of hip fracture in the EU is expected to double over the next 50 years .
Osteoporotic fractures are responsible for a higher disease burden, in terms of disability and mortality, than common cancers with the exception of lung cancer .
Unless the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and related bone, muscle and joint disorders becomes a priority for governments and healthcare providers, this growing number of fractures will have a serious impact on society, not just in terms of quality of life, but also the increased expenditure for healthcare, rehabilitation and nursing care.
- EU27 Report (Osteoporosis in the European Union: Medical Management, Epidemiology and Economic Burden)
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