Osteoporosis: numbers, facts & risk test

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 TestPoints, if so
1Do direct relatives have osteoporosis?1 point
2Do direct relatives have fractures due to osteoporosis?2 points
3Are you older than 50 years?1 point
4Or are you older than 65 years?2 points
5Has your height decreased by more than 4 cm since the age of 25?2 points
6You do not do sports?1 point
7Do you have a low-mobility job?1 point
8thIs there immobility (eg bedriddenness?)3 points
9Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes daily?1 point
10Do you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day?1 point
11Do you drink more than four cups of coffee every day?1 point
12Do you drink soft drinks daily?3 points
13You eat little dairy?1 point
14Do you eat fast food more often?1 point
15Did you have your menstrual period less than 30 years?1 point
16Was there a longer suspension of the menstrual period?1 point
17Did you have to undergo chemotherapy?4 points
18Did you have a longer cortisone treatment?3 points
19Did you have a stomach resection?4 points
20Are you suffering from a hormone deficiency?1 point
21Do 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.

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