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Disease Areas Osteoporosis Osteoporosis and fragility fractures

Osteoporosis and fragility fractures

Osteoporosis, meaning “porous bone” is a condition in which the quality and density of bone is reduced, making your bones weak and fragile, so that you’re at more risk of breaking a bone than the average adult. Sometimes your bones can be so fragile that even a bump or fall from standing height can lead to a broken bone (commonly called a fragility fracture).

Globally, a fragility fracture caused by osteoporosis occurs every 3 seconds, that is approximately 9 million every year. In fact, worldwide, one in three women and one in five men, over the age of 50, will suffer a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis.  

And as the worlds older population continues to grow, the number of fragility fractures are predicted to rise. Despite this, around 80% of people who experience at least one fragility fracture due to osteoporosis are neither identified nor treated for the condition even though the risk of a subsequent fracture is increased 5-fold within the first 12 months of an initial fracture.

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