Osteoporosis Prevention seeks to change the medical and public attitude to, and understanding of osteoporosis. Instead of grasping at ever more sophisticated and expensive treatments for the established disease, we ask the Medical Profession, the Public Health Authorities and the Government to
place the emphasis on the systematic prevention of this largely preventable disorder which causes significant pain and disability to tens of thousands of Australians and costs the country some 8 billion dollars every year.
Repeated animal experiments over the past hundred years have shown that osteoporosis is the disease of calcium deficiency, though it can be aggravated by vitamin D deficiency.
We are satisfied that most human osteoporosis, particularly in postmenopausal women, has the same origin. Since bone loss starts at midlife, the solution must be to measure bone density in all women at menopause (and perhaps all men at age 60) and identify those with low values who are destined to become osteoporotic. They should increase exercise and their intakes of calcium and vitamin D and restrict their intake of salt and perhaps animal protein to prevent them losing more bone. All the evidence suggests that these simple measures would significantly reduce the age-related rise in osteoporosis and fractures and repay their cost many times over, not to mention the relief of pain and suffering.
More information can be found in the pdfs below.
|Date||News / Event||More info.|
|26 March 2009||Preventing Hip Fractures - leaflet for professionals|
|26 March 2009||PrevOsteo MEDICAL09 - brochure for professionals|
|29 April 2009||Current RAH Health Promotion Leaflet|