Experts urging Aussies to “Know Your Bones” this World Osteoporosis Day

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Announced Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Experts urging Aussies to “Know Your Bones” this World Osteoporosis Day

New AUS report reveals alarming under-investigation & under-treatment of osteoporosis in those at risk

Only one in two Australian adults who have broken a bone reported having a bone mineral density test (BMD) to investigate their bone health for the risk of fracture (broken bone) and the presence of osteoporosis.
Even more concerningly, of those who have fractured a bone, the vast majority (86 per cent) are not taking preventative osteoporosis medication.

These key findings, among others from Healthy Bones Australia’s ‘Know Your Bones Community Risk Report, Second Edition 2021, released today – World Osteoporosis Day (Wednesday, October 20, 2021) – call for earlier investigation and treatment to capture all adults with risk factors for poor bone health, and adults post-fracture.

The new report summarises data from more than 88,000 Australians who have completed Know Your Bones to date – an online self-assessment tool developed by Healthy Bones Australia in partnership with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to help Australians understand their potential risk for developing osteoporosis and bone breaks. The test provides the respondent with personalised recommendations about their bone health, which they can share with their GP for further discussion.

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