Monday, 24 February 2014

New Report on Osteoporosis in the Asia Pacific Region

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released a new Asia-Pacific Regional Audit : epidemiology, costs & burden of osteoporosis in 2013. The report covers 16 countries, including Australia and New Zealand and reveals osteoporosis is a serious problem throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Fracture numbers are set to rise dramatically in the coming decades, it is projected that more than 50% of fractures in the world will occur in Asia by 2050. Other trends impacting bone health in the region include urbanisation and widespread vitamin D insufficiency. The report identifies gaps in current care, the expected future burden of the disease, but also presents cost-effective (and evidence-based) solutions.

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