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Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2012 Dec;10(4):245-7. doi: 10.1007/s11914-012-0114-3.

Osteoporosis in Asia: a call to action.

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  • 1Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Medanta the Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India. ambrishmithal@hotmail.com

Abstract

Asia is witnessing a rapid growth in its aging population. Yet osteoporosis in this region has received relatively little attention. Hip fracture rates have increased by 2- to 3-fold in most Asian countries during the past 30 years. Lack of quality epidemiologic data, widespread vitamin D deficiency, low dietary calcium intakes, and uneven access to diagnostic and therapeutic facilities are some of the major challenges faced in this region. Osteoporotic fractures constitute a huge medical, social, and economic burden in Asia. There is an urgent need to promote research, spread awareness, and build national health programs to check this growing problem.

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