Nyon (ots) - The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) will
issue a new 16- page report on FRAX® to mark World Osteoporosis Day.
The report is available at www.iofbonehealth.org .
FRAX®, or 'WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool', is a free online
tool developed by the World Health Organization at
http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/ . The tool helps clinicians identify
people who are most in need of treatment based on fracture risk
rather than bone mineral density (BMD) values alone. Now available
for 18 countries and in six languages, FRAX® is country-specific and
can be used with or without BMD values, thus making it particularly
useful in regions where DXA technology is scarce or not available.
Osteoporotic fractures can have devastating consequences and their
prevention is essential to the maintenance of health, quality of life
and independence in old age. The disease is so common that, around
the world, one in three women and one in five men over the age of
fifty suffer fractures, at enormous cost to individuals, the
healthcare system and society as a whole. In issuing the report, IOF
is working to bring understanding of FRAX® to a broad audience of
health professionals so that more people at risk of debilitating
fractures are identified and treated before these fractures occur.
Dr. Eugene McCloskey of the University of Sheffield and author of
the report, says, "I encourage clinicians to make FRAX® a part of
their clinical assessment of patients. With timely treatment and
advice, fractures and their serious repercussions can be prevented."
The International Osteoporosis Foundation is a not-for-profit,
nongovernmental organization dedicated to the worldwide fight against
osteoporosis, the disease known as "the silent epidemic". For more
information about IOF visit www.iofbonehealth.org
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