How has this problem suddenly surfaced and reached alarming numbers?
1. A better understanding of bone as a dynamic organ and methods to delay/ halt bone loss.
2. Failing to realize that osteoporosis is not a “normal”, relatively unimportant aspect of aging.
3. An increasingly aging population chiefly due to better health delivery systems.
4. Lack of obvious signs and symptoms in osteoporosis (the silent thief!).
5. Poor demarcation among health professionals as to who should treat, when to start treating, how to diagnose, how long to treat, etc.
6. Poor education/ knowledge among the society about osteoporosis and its potentially alarming range of possible complications.
7. Economics of osteoporosis prevention, detection, treatment is huge. Even more expensive is treating the complications of osteoporosis e.g. a hip fracture.
8. Lastly, waiting and expecting action from other clinicians rather than informing yourself about all aspects of osteoporosis and initiating treatment yourself.