Osteoporosis Crisis Looms for Asia-Pacific Region of World

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) recently released a report that showed that osteoporosis is a looming crisis throughout the Asia-Pacific region with half of the world’s sufferers set to come from Asia by the year 2050. The report was funded by an unrestricted grant from Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant, which has been working with the IOF to raise awareness about lifestyle and diet steps people can take to help prevent or delay the onset of this debilitating disease.

For years, doctors and scientists have taught us that a diet rich in calcium and protein with adequate levels of vitamin D are essential along with weight-bearing exercise to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures later in life.osteoporosis Recent research has added that vitamin K2 and magnesium along with a few trace minerals like boron and molybdenum are also important to support good bone health.

Crisis Danger Signs

The IOF’s report is stark:

  • China will see 48.5 million people suffer from fractures due to osteoporosis by 2050;
  • Thailand will have up to 90% of its population at high risk of osteoporosis if not diagnosed or treated;
  • One in four Indonesian women 50 to 80 years old are at risk;
  • Over 10 million Filipinos will be at high risk by 2050 as well as more than 7 million Vietnamese women;

National Health Priority

Already, Singapore, Taiwan and China have officially designated osteoporosis as a national health priority. In Singapore, for example, the cost of managing a hip fracture due to osteoporosis within the first year of the fracture is set to skyrocket to $145 million USD in 2050 from $17 million USD in 1998. Despite the high prevalence and impending health crisis in the region, osteporosis still remains an under-diagnoses, under-treated and under-resourced disorder according to IOF Chief Executive Judy Stenmark.

“The incidence of hip fracture has already risen two- to three-fold in most Asian countries over the past 30 years and we expect that by 2050 more than 50% of all osteoporotic hip fractures will occur in Asia”

Judy Stenmark, IOF Chief Executive, 2013

Low levels of vitamin D and calcium consumption in the area are already seen, with alarmingly low daily intakes of below 500mg in Malaysia and 440mg in the Philippines for calcium according to the World Health Organization (1,000 to 1,300mg daily recommended in most countries).

“Our bone mass peaks at about 30 years old and when we reach this age, without adequate nutrition and regular exercise, bones can start to lose bone mass which can lead to osteoporosis.”

Joanne Todd, Fonterra nutritionist

What Can Be Done?

From all the research available, certain nutrients and lifestyle changes may support good bone health and possibly delay the onset of osteoporosis. These include:

  • Adequate amounts of biologically active calcium, magnesium and trace elements
  • Adequate levels of vitamins D3, C and K2
  • Weight-bearing exercise
  • Adequate protein diet

For a recent review of a supplement that contains all of the above ingredients to support good bones, please read the review on Magnical-D.


Ariix Internet Team

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