May 10, 2016
For a person with osteoporosis, diagnosed or undiagnosed, the fracture risk jumps three fold after the first fracture, according to a recent Icelandic study, Imminent Risk of Major Osteoporotic Fracture After Fracture. Lead author Nicholas Harvey, MD, from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and his colleagues found that one year after the first major osteoporotic fracture, the risk of a second fracture tripled compared with the general study population and the risk factor was doubled even 10 years later. Based on this compelling evidence, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), and the public-private partnership, the National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) – urge healthcare professionals to increase diagnosis and patients to be aware of this risk. Read the full press release here.