The silent modern plague

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone is reduced, resulting in enhanced risk of bone fracture. Osteoporosis is very common affecting about one out of three women and one out of five men worldwide. The loss of bone occurs "silently" and frequently there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs, e.g. in the wrist, spine or hip. Fractures can have serious consequences, including chronic pain, body deformity, hospitalization, operations and loss of independence, thus significantly reducing the individual’s quality of life and in the worst cases resulting in death. Today, it is known that death rate due to hip fracture is higher compared to breast cancer related mortality among women. 

High economic burden

The total cost of osteoporosis related fractures are estimated to be 3.5% of the total global health care spending. While the burden of that cost originates from the acute management of fracture only 4.7% of the total cost is from preventive and primary pharmacologic treatment interventions. Within the European Union the economic burden of fractures has been estimated to be €36 billion annually.

Preventive and treatable measures of osteoporosis

The good news is that osteoporosis is a treatable condition, thus, many fractures can be avoided. However, there is still a serious treatment gap, mostly due to insufficient case findings of individuals at risk of a fracture; individuals who also would benefit the most from primary treatment interventions. Therefore, by using the Expeda Osteoporosis Adviser, we do not only calculate the 10-years risk of a fracture, but also present our customers with individualized specialist – quality advice concerning prevention and medical treatment recommendations. With the aide of our adviser the individual is in full control over his own bone health, allowing for a better quality of life for the individuals at risk. Besides better living there is an immediate and positive economic impact for both the individual and the society.

Bone structure in healthy versus unhealthy bone tissue.