Friday, 31 March 2017

Osteoporosis, a major economic burden

There were an estimated 9.0 million osteoporotic fractures in the year 2000 of which 1.6 million were hip fractures, 1.7 million forearm fractures and 1.4 million were clinical vertebral fractures. High number of osteoporotic fractures occurred in Europe (34.8%). Present survey depicts that Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide. About 1/10 of women aged 60, 1/5 of women aged 70, 2/5 of women aged 80 and 2/3 of women aged 90. Approximately twenty two million women and five and a half million men in the European Union had osteoporosis in 2010. In the United States about 8 million women and one to 2 million men had osteoporosis in 2010. This causes a large economic burden on the healthcare system due to costs of treatment, long-term disability, and loss of productivity in the working population. The European Union spends thirty seven billion euros per year in healthcare costs related to osteoporosis, and the USA spends an estimated nineteen billion US dollars annually for related healthcare costs. For more details P.S: 

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