Why is osteoporosis often overlooked and undertreated?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Despite the adverse effects of osteoporosis, it is a condition that is often overlooked and undertreated, in large part because it is so often clinically silent before manifesting in the form of fracture. Fractures in patients with osteoporosis can occur after minimal or no trauma. [15] For example, a Gallup survey performed by the National Osteoporosis Foundation revealed that 86% of women with osteoporosis had never discussed its prevention with their physicians. [16] Failure to identify at-risk patients, to educate them, and to implement preventive measures may lead to tragic consequences.


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