Facts about osteoporosis (bone loss)
Especially in the elderly, osteoporosis is almost always the cause of a bone fracture. But not always thought of osteoporosis - so threaten further fractures. If there is a bone fracture due to osteoporosis, the probability of follow-up breaks increases up to twelve times. Those affected are often ill-informed about osteoporosis. And you have strong fears that the disease affects your quality of life - which you do not always discuss with your attending physician.
Osteoporosis: one of the most expensive diseases
Osteoporosis is one of the most expensive diseases with costs for the treatment of late effects (bone fractures) of several billion euros per year. But only a small proportion of the total cost (about 10%) is spent on active, fracture-preventing treatment. A timely diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis could reduce individual suffering and save billions in costs.
Numbers on osteoporosis
- Femoral neck fracture: More than 90% of those affected have a diminished bone density, around 20% are in need of care disability, more than half experience drastic limitations in their previously independent coping with everyday life. Alone after an osteoporotic fracture of the femoral neck, about 20, 000 people die every year in Germany.
- Vertebral body fracture: Over 2.5 million people in Germany have already suffered an osteoporotic vertebral body fracture, including around 1.7 million women. Vertebral body fractures often remain unrecognized for a long time. About half of those affected suffer permanent pain as a result of the fracture; Many are restricted in their mobility and self-employment (up to the need for care).
Osteoporosis Risk Test
This test will help you understand if you may be at an increased risk for osteoporosis. For questions answered yes, list the points given.
|Osteoporosis Risk Test||Points, if so|
|1||Do direct relatives have osteoporosis?||1 point|
|2||Do direct relatives have fractures due to osteoporosis?||2 points|
|3||Are you older than 50 years?||1 point|
|4||Or are you older than 65 years?||2 points|
|5||Has your height decreased by more than 4 cm since the age of 25?||2 points|
|6||You do not do sports?||1 point|
|7||Do you have a low-mobility job?||1 point|
|8th||Is there immobility (eg bedriddenness?)||3 points|
|9||Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes daily?||1 point|
|10||Do you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day?||1 point|
|11||Do you drink more than four cups of coffee every day?||1 point|
|12||Do you drink soft drinks daily?||3 points|
|13||You eat little dairy?||1 point|
|14||Do you eat fast food more often?||1 point|
|15||Did you have your menstrual period less than 30 years?||1 point|
|16||Was there a longer suspension of the menstrual period?||1 point|
|17||Did you have to undergo chemotherapy?||4 points|
|18||Did you have a longer cortisone treatment?||3 points|
|19||Did you have a stomach resection?||4 points|
|20||Are you suffering from a hormone deficiency?||1 point|
|21||Do you have hyperthyroidism?||1 point|
The result: Up to 19 points low, 29 points high and 29 points high risk of developing osteoporosis. From 20 points you should consult your doctor.