Journal article

Selection of individuals for prevention of fractures due to bone fragility

E Seeman

BEST PRACTICE & RESEARCH CLINICAL ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2000

Abstract

Most patients with fractures go untreated because of the lack of awareness of osteoporosis. Treatment is indicated for women and men with osteoporosis and women and men with fractures with either osteoporosis or osteopenia because (a) fractures increase morbidity and mortality, (b) the burden of fractures is increasing because longevity is increasing, and (c) bone loss accelerates, rather than decelerates in old age. The indication for drug therapy is less clear in women or men with osteopenia because drugs have not been proved to reduce fracture risk in this group. There is no evidence that treating individuals with only risk factors reduces the fracture rate. Screening has not been shown t..

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