Osteoporosis is a bone disease affecting more than 200 Mio people in the world. In osteoporotic individuals, the density and quality of bones are reduced. This reduction occurs progressively and often there are no symptoms. As a result, bones become weak and the risk of fracture from a fall or, in serious cases, from minor trauma dramatically increases.
With progressive rise in life expectancy, osteoporosis is becoming a socio-economic challenge. These so-called fragility fractures decrease the quality and lifespan of affected patients. The associated social and economic costs represent a societal burden already today.