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National Osteoporosis Foundation Survey Reveals Low Awareness of Bone Health and Risk of Osteoporosis
Date:5/22/2008

ring it up. Both women and men are unlikely to have a bone density test in the coming year.

"We strongly urge patients to become aware of the risks and causes of broken bones as they get older," said Dr. Felicia Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. "It is clear that discussions between health professionals and patients about bone health are not commonplace. NOF is working to advance the process of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis through developments such as our new Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis, however, patients need to take charge of their health and bring up the topic with their health professionals rather than relying on them to bring it up first."

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recently released its new Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis representing a major breakthrough in the way healthcare providers evaluate and treat people with osteoporosis or low bone mass. These developments provide a markedly improved method to assure that people with the highest risk of fracture get treated and that lower risk people are put on a prevention plan that is right for them. The guide incorporates the World Health Organization's (WHO) recently released algorithm on absolute fracture risk called FRAX(R) which estimates the likelihood of a person to break a bone due to low bone mass or osteoporosis over a period of ten years.

The pre-press draft of the guide is now available for download on the NOF Web site (http://www.nof.org) and has been widely viewed by NOF's network of health professionals. The guide will be printed and distributed to thousands of health professionals across the country within the next several months.

The survey revealed that bone density testing is covered by most health insurance plans. Patients should ask their health insurance if they are covered and to speak
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