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Date:7/11/2011

mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture, particularly of the hip, spine and wrist. Many people are not aware they have osteoporosis until they suffer a fracture and are tested for the condition.

As many as 2 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis, including one in four women over the age of 50. Osteoporosis Canada estimates it costs $1.9 billion a year to treat the disease and the fractures it causes, with most of the money going to long-term, hospital and chronic care. Given the increasing proportion of older people in the population, these costs will likely rise.

St. Michael's was perhaps the first hospital in Ontario to screen and educate all patients over 50 with a fragility fracture (suffered in a fall from standing height or less, such as slipping n ice) for osteoporosis and send them for a BMD test. The program, led by Dr. Earl Bogoch and Victoria Elliot-Gibson, runs out of the fracture clinic.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has initiated a similar program in 36 other fracture clinics across the province as part of the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy. A team at St. Michael's led by Dr. Bogoch and Dr. Dorcas Beaton is leading the evaluation of this program and researching ways to make post-fracture care better.


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Contact: Leslie Shepherd
shepherdl@smh.ca
416-864-6094
St. Michael's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

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