Thursday, September 24, 2009

One In Three Malaysians At Risk Of Developing Osteoporosis

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- One in three Malaysian adults is at risk of developing osteoporosis, according to a recent bone-scanning programme.

The programme, conducted by bone nutrition expert Anlene in Malaysia, also found that incidence of osteoporotic hip fracture was highest among Chinese Malaysians, followed by Malays and Indians.

It found that 71 per cent of post-menopausal Malay women were not getting their daily Vitamin D requirement, the company said in a statement here today.

The programme, part of Anlene's Asia-wide bone-scanning programme conducted on 1.8 million people since 2005, is in line with the key findings of a major report released by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) at the World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies in Beijing.

The results of the programme are also in line with a recent study conducted by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the University of Otago, New Zealand, which revealed that less than 50 per cent of Malaysian women are getting their required calcium needs.

Meanwhile, John Mckay, general manager of Fonterra Malaysia (Fonterra is Anlene's parent), said the studies were crucial to building a better understanding of looming bone health problems in Malaysia and other countries in Asia.

"Our bone scanning has indicated that an increasing number of people are at risk of developing osteoporosis and IOF's findings show that the incidence of hip fracture has already doubled or tripled in most Asian countries over the past 30 years.

"This is an alarming figure. There is an urgent need for Asian countries to understand more about this preventable disease and take action to fight it and call for more public education and awareness about the disease," he said.

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