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Friday, October 20: World Osteoporosis Day

20 Oct 2017 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | International day


Osteoporosis continues to remain a poorly understood and often under-diagnosed disease. It is estimated that 39% of women around the age of 65 suffer from osteoporosis, a figure which rises to up to 70% for those aged 80 and over.

Affecting the skeleton, it is characterized by a reduction in bone mass and a deterioration of the internal structure of the bone tissue, which considerably increase the fracture risk.

Each year in France, more than 130,000 women are victims of fractures, often because they are unaware that they have osteoporosis. Therefore, only 20% of them are referred for screening, and then treated.

Although age-related osteoporosis more commonly affects women because of menopause, this does not make it an exclusively female disease. One quarter of all fractures related to fragile bones occur in men.

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