Monday, 28 March 2011:The results of the world’s largest-ever bone biopsy study in postmenopausal women were presented on 24 March at the European Congress on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ECCEO) in Valencia, Spain.
The results of this study are of global significance given that the disease is a major international public health problem and some osteoporosis treatments have recently come under scrutiny. “Two hundred million women worldwide are affected by the condition and 40% of females over the age of 50 will suffer at least one fracture as a result,” Dr Jean-Yves Reginster, Chairperson of the European Osteoporosis Foundation, told a press conference at ECCEO. “Also, contrary to popular impression, osteoporosis is not exclusively a female disease. As life expectancies continue to increase, male osteoporosis is becoming a growing problem.”