Osteoporosis could become world’s biggest ......
Osteoporosis could become world’s biggest ......

Newsfeed display by CaRP UP TO 1.6 million hip fractures occur each year, and by 2050 this number could reach 6.3 million. Osteoporosis, the major underlying cause of hip fractures, will soon pass heart disease as the single biggest global health threat. Bone experts told a recent press launch of the Anlene Bone Builders that 24 percent of people who suffer hip fractures will die within a year and 50 percent would be permanently disabled.

They noted that the occurrence of osteoporosis in Asia was growing at an alarming rate. They forecast that by 2050, 50 percent of all the world’s hip fractures will occur in this region.

Hospital admissions:
1. In a major Manila hospital, about two-thirds of all female admissions over 50 are due to osteoporotic fractures.
2. In India, 26 million people suffer from osteoporosis, and by 2013, it is estimated to increase to 36 million.
3. In Malaysia, about a third of adults over 65 have osteoporosis. In Indonesia, over 21 percent of females 25 and older are estimated to have osteoporosis.
4. In Taiwan, about 37 percent of young people over 23 suffer from low bone mass and osteoporosis.
5. In Singapore, the rate of hip fractures increased five times in women and 1.5 times in men compared to the 1960s.
6. In China, osteoporosis among people aged 50-59 has been estimated at between 20 percent and 39 percent.
7. In Vietnam, the prevalence of osteoporosis has been observed to climb steadily with age, with over 30 percent of Vietnamese aged 60-69 suffering from it.
8. And in Hong Kong, incidents of hip fractures have increased 200 percent in the last three decades.

Longer life expectancy:
Speaking via an audio-video presentation, Prof. Ian Reid, one of the world’s leading bone doctors specializing in osteoporosis, said it was not clear why osteoporosis is more prevalent in Asia. He said that the increase in life expectancies could be the principal driver of this trend.
1. Reid also said lifestyle in the region has changed dramatically, and people living in most Asian countries are less active than they were.
2. He added that in many cases, Asians have a low calcium intake.
3. Experts also said studies showed that people around the world were not getting enough vitamin D, which has been found to facilitate the body’s absorption of calcium.
4. "Between 18 and 25, we reach what we call the ‘peak bone mass,’ and this is as good and as strong as our bones will ever be. So it’s really important we maximize the strength of our bones while we’re young," said Dr. Linda Schollum, a microbiologist specializing on bone health.


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Submitted: 09/29/06

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