Osteoporosis In The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
A Public Health Priority: Call To Action
Even though the Saudi populace is relatively young, the rate at which the number of senior (50+ and 65+) Saudi nationals is growing far surpasses that of the total number of Saudi nationals population. Burden of osteoporosis and its related fractures is estimated to be considerably high in these age groups.
In 2017, it was estimated that ~0.94 million 50+ Saudis have already suffered from osteoporosis. By 2025, the lifetime cost of fragility femoral fractures is estimated to reach SAR 35 billion ($9.34 billion). Unmet needs on the KSA osteoporosis care pathway - with respect to awareness, testing & diagnosis, post-fracture care & fall prevention and scientific output – either severely hamper the number of patients reaching to the stage where they can receive appropriate treatment or cause a sizeable portion of the patient to enter at later stages such as fragility fracture. The impending demographic shift in KSA, over the next few decades, will only exacerbate the problem. Unless checked now, the clinical and economic burden of osteoporosis will significantly cause strain on the healthcare system in KSA. Hence, it is time that authorities recognise osteoporosis as a public health priority and make a combined, concerted effort to prevent and manage this condition more effectively.