Osteoporosis is a condition that currently affects a large number of people around the world. Approximately 66% of Australians over 50, have osteoporosis or osteopenia. This number is expected to increase over 6 million people by 2022 just in Australia. In addition, it is a costly disease for the Australian Government: 2.75 billion AU$ was spent on osteoporosis or osteopenia in 2012.
However this number of people affected with osteoporosis is not exact, as many people are underdiagnosed and they are not aware of having low bone density. About 75% women and 90% men with an osteoporotic condition are not investigated and around 75% of them are not being treated. Read more