HONG KONG, December 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
A new report published today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)
warns of a dramatic rise in osteoporosis-related fractures in the Asia-Pacific
region. With a projected 230% and 144% increase in those aged over 70 years and
50 years respectively, the number of hip fractures are expected to at least
double by 2050. Therefore, although populations may live longer their
musculoskeletal health will be seriously compromised leading to disability, loss
of independence and even early death. Socio-economic costs will also soar unless
healthy active ageing is encouraged.
Hip fractures, which usually occur in the elderly aged over 70, are the most
serious and costly of osteoporotic fractures. Most countries in Asia have
already seen a 2-3 fold increase in hip fracture incidence over the past 30
years. The trend is expected to accelerate with 50% of all hip fractures in the
world occurring in Asia by 2050. By then the population aged over 50 will almost
double. China and India, the most populous countries in the world, will have
almost 430 million people aged 70 or over by 2050. <br />
Aside from the high cost of acute care, approximately 33% of patients are
totally dependent on caregivers in the year following the fracture, and about
one in five will die within the year. Urbanization in the Asia-Pacific region is
also impacting on fracture rates, which are higher in urban settings with
sedentary and indoor lifestyles contributing to widespread vitamin D deficiency
and poor bone and muscle health.
Will health-care systems be able to cope with the projected need for acute and
long-term care following hip fractures? To reduce death and disability, hip
fracture patients require timely surgery and rehabilitation. In less
economically developed regions of Asia, surgical care may not be available or
reimbursed. In countries such as Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Pakistan
less than 50% of hip fractures are surgically treated. A patient who must pay
out of pocket for surgery may face impoverishment or, without surgery, extreme
Prof. John A. Kanis, President, IOF, stated: "Worldwide, one in three women and
one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, and
timely diagnosis and treatment is of paramount importance. IOF urges governments
throughout Asia to step up prevention efforts. Osteoporosis and musculoskeletal
diseases should be a priority issue on national health-care agendas."
Specifically, the IOF report urges authorities to:
1. Address widespread vitamin D deficiency and low calcium levels in the
2. Encourage lifestyle prevention measures such as outdoor physical activity
and smoking cessation.
3. Reimburse treatment so that people who have osteoporosis can reduce their
risk of fracture.
4. Provide sufficient and accessible diagnostic services.
5. Devote resources to developing specialty training in osteoporosis for
6. Establish Fracture Liaison Services in clinics to help identify and offer
treatment to fracture patients.
7. Promote research and fracture registries to find appropriate national
solutions to the problem.
8. Raise public awareness about the importance of exercise and nutrition,
especially among the younger population.
Access the IOF Asia-Pacific Regional Audit:<br /> http://bit.ly/1dgbkgy
Production of the Audit was supported by unrestricted educational grants from
GSK, Fonterra and Servier.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world's largest
non-governmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and
treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members
include 216 societies, working together to make bone, joint and muscle health a
worldwide heath care priority. http://www.iofbonehealth.org
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SOURCE International Osteoporosis Foundation