Only one in three Croatians who suffers from osteoporosis takes relevant medications on a regular basis and treats this health condition in a systematic fashion, despite the fact that it is curable and the costs of treatment are covered by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), the co-chair of the Croatian Osteoporosis Society, Zlatko Giljevic said at a news conference organised on Monday in Zagreb ahead of the event called "The 9th Croatian Pharmacies' Days" which will be held on 29 October and will focus on osteoporosis.
Women with more delicate bone structure and older patients are prone to osteoporosis, a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and fragile and more likely to break.
According to some figures, some 200,000 Croatians are affected with osteoporosis, and 400,000 have low bone mineral density.
Failure to treat osteoporosis may lead to fractures, with 15-16% of those fractures being life-threatening as they often result in complications that modern medicine cannot treat, Giljevic told the conference.
Two thirds of those suffering from this medical condition are women in menopause, and a third are men who have insufficient amounts of calcium and Vitamin D.
Giljevic warned that this disease should be considered as an issue for all of society as it affects the lives of their families because patients with osteoporosis are less mobile.