The International Osteoporosis Foundation: Fractures due to Osteoporosis Threaten Seniors# Independence

Food and Healthcare Press Releases Friday October 20, 2017 13:45
GENEVA, Switzerland--20 Oct--PRNewswire/InfoQuest
It's invisible, and it's dangerous. Osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and fragile, only reveals itself when a bone breaks.
(Photo: http://mma.prnewswire.com/media/582529/Osteoporosis.jpg )

In older adults that first 'fragility fracture' is often a broken wrist, or sudden back pain due to undetected vertebral fractures. Sadly, the first fracture is often not the last - unless treated, a cascade of more debilitating fractures can occur.

Today, on World Osteoporosis Day, the call to 'Love Your bones - Protect your future' by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and its 240 member societies worldwide, emphasizes the importance of early prevention as the key to healthy mobility at older age.

Fractures due to osteoporosis represent a major healthcare burden, causing disability, premature death, and loss of independence in seniors worldwide. Globally, one in three women and one five men over the age of 50 will suffer a fragility fracture in their remaining lifetimes.

IOF President Professor Cyrus Cooper stated: "Osteoporosis is a disease which suffers from serious neglect. Despite widely available diagnostic tools and effective medications, only a minority of people at high risk of fractures are actually diagnosed and treated. As many as 80% of older adults who suffer a first fragility fracture - and are in extreme danger of sustaining more fractures - do not go on to receive preventative treatment to protect themselves against the high probability of secondary fractures."

Hip fractures in particular can be life-threatening: approximately 20-24% of hip fracture patients die within the year after the fracture; 33% become dependent or in a nursing home. Due to the growth of the ageing population, the numbers of hip fractures are rising exponentially. From 1990 to 2050 hip fractures are projected to increase by 310% in men and 240% in women.

To improve understanding of this public health threat, IOF has today issued a new resource, ' The IOF Compendium of Osteoporosis '. This comprehensive reference provides concise information about the disease, its prevention, and its prevalence in all regions of the world. It also outlines key strategies to fight osteoporosis at the national level, providing a blueprint for eight priority actions.

One of the priorities is the implementation of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) in all hospitals that treat fracture patients. Such services are proven to be cost effective ways to prevent secondary fractures in these high risk patients.

IOF also calls on everyone who is concerned about osteoporosis patient rights to sign the online IOF Global Patient Charter. The Charter urges governments and health authorities around the world to make bone health a priority healthcare issue.

The IOF President adds: "Prevention is key. At all ages, a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and regular physical activity lays the foundation for good bone health. As well, I urge all older adults to be aware of any personal risk factors for osteoporosis. These can include a broken bone after the age of 50, parental history of osteoporosis or hip fracture, loss of height, smoking, being underweight, certain diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, or use of medications that cause bone loss (such as glucocorticoids). If you have risk factors, be sure to talk to you doctor and ask for testing."

To see whether you have risk factors, complete the IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test
WOD, observed annually on 20 October, marks a year-long campaign. View events and resources at http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org/   #LoveYourBones #WorldOsteoporosisDay
WOD Official Partners: Amgen, Lilly, Sunsweet, UCB
IOF is the world's leading NGO dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases: http://www.iofbonehealth.org
Media contact
Laura Misteli
IOF
lmisteli@iofbonehealth.org
Source: The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)

Latest Press Release

Merck and Pfizer Provide Update on Phase III JAVELIN Lung 200 Trial of Avelumab Monotherapy in Previously Treated Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Merck and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced results from the Phase III JAVELIN Lung 200 trial comparing avelumab* to docetaxel in patients with unresectable, recurrent or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease progressed after...

PharmaMar Licenses Fully Synthetic Marine-derived Payloads to Seattle Genetics for Use in Drug Conjugates

PharmaMar (MCE: PHM) has announced today the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement with Seattle Genetics Inc. (SGEN: NASDAQ GS) under which Seattle Genetics receives exclusive worldwide rights to certain PharmaMar proprietary molecules for the...

After multiple failed procedures at other medical institutions, Colorado man successfully treated for Atrial Fibrillation at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David#s Medical Center

"I was thinking I was on top of the world," Wiseman said. "I was keeping myself in shape. I was taking care of myself mentally and physically. My relationship was solid." Then, during a routine medical exam while serving in the military in California,...

World#s Leading Health Organizations Release Third Edition of Widely Used Resource on Family Planning

Global Handbook Gives Health-Care Providers Accurate and Practical Guidance for Counseling Clients Family planning is considered a development "best buy" and a life-saving intervention for millions of women and girls. Crucial to the success of family...

ไฟเซอร์ ประเทศไทย สนับสนุนงานประชุมวิชาการด้านโรคมะเร็ง

แผนกมะเร็งวิทยาของบริษัท ไฟเซอร์ (ประเทศไทย) จำกัด (Pfizer Oncology) ให้การสนับสนุนการจัดงานประชุมวิชาการ 'The 5th Ramathibodi-Mayo Clinic Joint Conference: Best Practice in Oncology 2018' ช่วง Lunch Symposium' ในหัวข้อ Continuum of care for ALK positive...

Related Topics