Did you know…?
- Bone is living, growing tissue that is both flexible and strong.
- Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone.
- Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone, make too little of it or both.
- People with osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker, and many people do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.
- Osteoarthritis usually develops in people over the age of 50.
- Osteoarthritis is most likely to develop in the joints of the knees, hips or hands.
- Osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, the USA and Japan.
- Globally, half of all women and up to one in four men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- Between 1990 and 2000, there was nearly a 25% increase in hip fractures across the globe.
- By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and 240% in women.
- An estimated 8.5 million people in the UK and 27 million people in the US are affected by osteoarthritis.
- In the US, it is thought that osteoarthritis accounts for 25% of visits to primary care physicians.