Osteoporosis in 10 years time: a glimpse into the future of osteoporosis

Academic Article


  • Patients living with osteoporosis are projected to increase dramatically in the next decade. Alongside the forecasted increased societal and economic burden, we will live a crisis of fractures. However, we will have novel pharmacological treatment to face this crisis and, more importantly, new optimized treatment strategies. Fracture liaison services will be probably implemented on a large scale worldwide, helping to prevent additional fractures in high-risk patients. In the next decade, novel advances in the diagnostic tools will be largely available. Moreover, new and more precise fracture risk assessment tools will change our ability to detect patients at high risk of fractures. Finally, big data and artificial intelligence will help us to move forward into the world of precision medicine. In the present review, we will discuss the future epidemiology and costs of osteoporosis, the advances in early and accurate diagnosis of osteoporosis, with a special focus on biomarkers and imaging tools. Then we will examine new and refined fracture risk assessment tools, the role of fracture liaison services, and a future perspective on osteoporosis treatment.
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    Author List

  • Adami G; Fassio A; Gatti D; Viapiana O; Benini C; Danila MI; Saag KG; Rossini M
  • Volume

  • 14