The osteoporotic fracture has an enormous economic impact, in addition to its effects on health. In the year 2000, it was estimated that there were 4 million new fractures in Europe – some 8 fractures per minute, or one fracture every 8 seconds1. Of these, 0.89 million were hip fractures. The direct costs have been estimated at nearly 32 billion euros, which it is expected will increase to 77 billion euros by 2050 as a function of demographic changes expected in Europe2.
The combined risk of suffering hip, forearm and clinical vertebral fractures is approximately 40%, similar to that of developing cardiovascular disease3. In Caucasian women, the risk of hip fracture over their lifetime is 1/6, higher than that of suffering breast cancer -1/9-4.
In our country it is calculated that 2 million women have osteoporosis, putting its prevalence at 26.1% of women over 50 years of age5. More than 25,000 fractures appear annually, from which originate direct costs of more than 126 million euros, with indirect costs reaching 420 million euros annually6.