World Osteoporosis Day Call for Immediate Action to Prevent Fractures

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 General News J E 4
ROME, October 20 Speaking in Rome, Italy today on theoccasion of World Osteoporosis Day, International Osteoporosis Foundation(IOF) CEO Patrice McKenney called for individuals and governments around theglobe to join the fight against osteoporosis. "Osteoporosis is a common butdevastating disease which we cannot afford to ignore. Immediate measures mustbe taken to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures through prevention,early recognition of fracture risk, and appropriate proven treatment forthose in need," she urged.

Osteoporosis, a disease in which bones weaken and are susceptible tofracture, is an increasing concern in all countries, particularly those withlarge and growing populations over the age of 50.

How common is osteoporosis? Around the world one in three women and onein five men over the age of fifty will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. InEurope alone, a fracture occurs every 8 seconds. Fractures can have seriousconsequences, causing pain and debilitation. They all too often result inlost quality of life, long-term dependence, or even death; one in five hipfracture patients die within 12 months of fracture.

Despite its widespread impact, the socio-economic burden of osteoporosisis sadly underestimated. Few governments recognise the enormous cost that thedisease represents to individuals, their families, health care systems andfacilities for the elderly.

On World Osteoporosis Day, IOF joins its almost 200 global patient andmedical member societies in calling for individual and government action tomake bone health and fracture prevention a priority.

About IOF

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a not-for-profit,nongovernmental organization dedicated to the worldwide fight againstosteoporosis, the disease known as 'the silent epidemic'. For moreinformation about IOF visit http://www.iofbonehealth.orgFor interviews, contact: Contact: Laura Misteli Phone: +41-22-994-01-00

SOURCE International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)


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