Life with osteoporosis: the untold story

NOS report 'Life With Osteoporosis'
'Life With Osteoporosis' is a report released by the National Osteoporosis Society of the UK
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UK’s National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) publishes a landmark study that offers an unparalleled insight into the impact of osteoporosis and fractures on quality of life.

More than 3 million people in the UK are affected by osteoporosis.Half of all women and one in five men aged over 50 will break a bone due to poor bone health. In fact, every two minutes in the UK another bone breaks. Now, a new report by the NOS sheds light on the 'untold story' behind these statistics- revealing how fractures severely impact on the every day life of individuals with osteoporosis.

As the only charity offering nationwide support to people with the condition the NOS commissioned report ‘Life with Osteoporosis' is a landmark research project intended to help promote a greater understanding of the lives of people affected by the condition. The report is based on the experiences of 3,228 people who completed a detailed questionnaire, and the 52 people who took part in an in-depth interview or kept a personal diary. Of the people surveyed, 57% had fractured at least once, with one in three people who had fractured reporting five or more.

In the Foreword to the report, NOS CEO Claire Severgnini, said,

This report presents the research results - moving stories and compelling statistics that demonstrate the seriousness of osteoporosis and its significance as a national healthcare issue. Our vision is of a future without fragility fractures. Such an ambition cannot be achieved without a comprehensive understanding of, and engagement with, the day-to-day realities of the condition.”

Some of the shocking findings of the report include:

  • 1 in 3 people in long-term pain describe it as severe or unbearable
  • Only half of people in pain say they have effective medication to help
  • 1 in 3 people who have fractured have  difficulty with domestic chores
  • 1 in 3 people who have had at least one fracture in their spine have digestive difficulties

Download the Life with Osteoporosis report to learn more about the serious impact of fractures on the lives of people with osteoporosis.

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