Guideline for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and men from the age of 50 years in the UK: 2013 update

National Osteoporosis Guideline Group

Osteoporosis leads to nearly 9 million fractures annually worldwide, and over 300,000 patients present with fragility fractures to hospitals in the UK each year. Common sites of fracture include the vertebral bodies, distal radius, proximal femur, and the proximal humerus. Hip fractures alone account for more than 20% of orthopaedic bed occupancy in the UK, and the majority of the direct health service cost of osteoporosis. Approximately 50% of patients with a hip fracture can no longer live independently, and 20% die within 12 months of the fracture.

This Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, investigations, case finding, and includes a minor update which reflect changes in available therapies.

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