Osteoporosis often overlooked

Researchers in Vancouver have followed up patients to see if they have been treated for osteoporosis.

The study involved 181 patients aged over 40 years old who had presented with a low-trauma fracture. A group of 53 was interviewed 6–9 months later.

The median age of the interviewees was 70 years, and 89% were female. Wrists, feet and ankles were the most common fracture sites. A diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia was given to 34% of the patients.

When they were followed up, 68% of the patients were taking calcium supplements and 50% were taking vitamin D. Dietary changes had been