In the early 80s, few people had even heard of osteoporosis. And it wasn’t until the next decade – 1993 – when the World Health Organization (WHO) created clear definitions of it. This gave firm criteria for doctors to diagnose brittle bones as a disease.
WHO created this guideline: a woman has osteoporosis when her bone mineral density (BMD) is 2.5 deviations below the standard BMD of average healthy young women. The measurement is made by an x-ray exam. Seems pretty straightforward. Women with a T score of -1.0 and -2.5 have osteoporosis.
Except the WHO study was financed by three drug companies. These three companies were the Rorer Foundation, Sandoz, and SmithKline Beecham. The study they funded led to not only defining criteria for diagnosing osteoporosis… But also to establishing it firmly as a marketable disease.
The drug companies stood to benefit greatly if definitions of osteoporosis included large numbers of postmenopausal women. Especially if BMI testing was adopted into routine medical care.
There’s one important point to make here. Women’s bones do become more brittle with age. And hip and thigh fractures are a major cause for concern for women after they hit menopause.
The following year – in 1994 – the WHO study group recommended screenings and interventions. They determined that the “appropriate time” for these tests was menopause. To make sure no one missed it, their recommendation was published in Osteoporosis International. Suddenly, BMD became part of routine care for millions of postmenopausal women. The drug companies were assured that millions would be seeking billions of dollars’ worth of their drugs.
By 1995 Fosamax appeared on the market. The first of the brand new osteoporosis drugs. It was swiftly approved by the FDA. Osteoporosis screenings, treatment, and drugs became part of the American lifestyle. Almost overnight.
But there has never been any proof to show that any of these steps actually help women whatsoever.
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