After the age of 50, 33% of women and 20% of men will sustain an osteoporotic fragility fracture, an injury that puts them at high risk of subsequent fractures, morbidity and mortality. A prior fracture is associated with an 86% increased risk of any fracture, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF).

A number of organisations, such as the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and the American National Osteoporosis Foundation, recommend routine osteoporosis screening of men over 70 years.

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