Doctors and researchers from across the Asia-Pacific gathered today for the opening of the International Osteoporosis Foundation's (IOF) 3rd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre until December 16, 2012.
The Deputy Minister of Health of Malaysia, YB Datuk Rosnah bt. Hj. Abd. Rashid Shirlin, welcomed the delegates from more than 60 nations. His Excellency Tun Dato' Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas, Governor of Penang, was also present.
Internationally acclaimed Malaysian actress and bone health advocate Dato Seri Michelle Yeoh, speaking at the Opening of the Meeting, urged the public to take action for bone health. She said, "I firmly believe that everyone, no matter their age or gender, should be taking action to look after their bone health in order to avoid developing diseases such as osteoporosis."
Osteoporosis is a disease which leads to weak and fragile bones that can break easily. Around the world up to one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will suffer a wrist, spine, hip or other fracture due to osteoporosis. The disease is a major cause of pain and disability, resulting in high healthcare and post-fracture rehabilitation costs. It is one of the most common diseases in older people, and in women over age 45 accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, heart attack and breast cancer.
During the four-day IOF Regionals 3rd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, delegates will hear about new research and the latest prevention and treatment strategies for osteoporosis. The Meeting is organized by IOF in partnership with the Malaysian Osteoporosis Society (MOS) and the Osteoporosis Awareness Society of Kuala Lumpur (OASKL).
Dr. Hew Fen Lee, Vice President of MOS and Dr. Lee Joon Kiong, President of OASKL also addressed delegates at the Opening Ceremony, highlighting the growing socieo-economic b
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