Osteoporosis is a chronic condition in which bones become weak and brittle, leading to fractures and breaks which often carry life-debilitating consequences.
As well as causing considerable mental and psychological distress, they also severely impair people’s abilities to participate in normal life and their ability to work.
In the EU alone, it’s estimated that 22 million women and 5.5 million men suffer from the bone condition, resulting in 3.5 million fractures a year, which costs an estimated €37 billion, or around 3% of overall healthcare costs.
But osteoporosis is often wrongly assumed to be a natural consequence of ageing, rather than a preventable disease.
In this event report, EURACTIV takes a closer look at the bone condition and ways in which it can be prevented.