- Osteoporosis affects over two million people in the UK; more than double the number of people affected by dementia. Every year 300,000 people suffer a fragility fracture, a broken bone resulting from a fall at standing height or less, including over 70,000 hip fractures
- Fractures cause significant pain, disability and loss of independence for patients and in many cases can be fatal; 1,150 people die every month in the UK following a hip fracture. The UK has one of the highest rates of fracture in Europe – we risk being left behind
- Up-to-date information of the scale of the problem for patients, healthcare professionals and NHS budgets is described in more detail on the pages below:
The Breaking Point Report provided a snapshot of the current situation for women with osteoporosis in the UK.
Breaking Point described the practical steps that must be taken by healthcare professionals, policy makers and commissioners, as well as the public to prevent avoidable suffering and cost of osteoporotic fractures.