A Significantly Under-Diagnosed Condition
Under-diagnosed and under-treated condition
The largely asymptomatic natures of osteoporosis and osteopenia impede diagnosis until patients have already lost significant bone mineral density (BMD) or had a fracture.1
Although the growth of the aging population has led to an increase in both disorders, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia are far from optimal.
Osteoporosis and osteopenia usually develop unnoticed over many years, with no symptoms or discomfort, until a fracture occurs.1
|Diagnosed (Not drug treated)
|Diagnosed (Drug treated)
Women over age 65, as well as patients with strong risk factors, are the ones most often screened for osteoporosis, but diagnosis rates remain very low overall. Diagnosis rates in populations perceived to be at lower-risk are even smaller.