ARLINGTON, Va., June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) is proud to announce the release of its newly revised “Clinician’s Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis”. The Clinician’s Guide offers concise recommendations regarding the prevention, risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and men aged 50 and over.
BHOF, formerly National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), first published the Clinician’s Guide in 1999 with updates in 2014 to provide accurate information on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. This year, a panel of bone health experts released this update Clinician’s Guide which highlights the latest research and improvements in diagnostic technologies and treatments. BHOF’s goal is to offer useful and accurate recommendations for healthcare providers to use when detecting, diagnosing and treating this debilitating disease. However, despite the many current advances, a treatment gap persists in the management of patients with osteoporosis.
About 54 million Americans have low bone mass or osteoporosis, which increases their risk of fractures,” said Meryl LeBoff, MD, lead author of the updated Clinician’s Guide and former BHOF administrator. “The new Clinician’s Guide is aimed at healthcare professionals. It provides clinical advice on how to prevent and treat osteoporosis and fractures, summarizes the latest research and offers practical approaches for the care of women and men with osteoporosis.”
It is important for health care providers and patients to better understand osteoporosis, referred to as a “silent disease” that often goes undiagnosed until a fracture occurs. The incidence of osteoporotic fractures is very high throughout the country, which impacts both the medical and personal burden of patients, especially the elderly. In addition, bone fractures have extremely high associated medical costs. The Clinician’s Guide includes the positive findings that even after the first fracture there are effective medical treatments to reduce the risk of further fractures and disability. Prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis should be routine practice in all adult health care settings.
About the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (formerly the National Osteoporosis Foundation)
Established in 1984, the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation’s leading health organization dedicated to promoting strong bones for life, preventing osteoporosis and fractures, and reducing suffering through awareness, education, advocacy and research programs. For more information about the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, visit http://www.bonehealthandosteoporosis.org
SOURCE Foundation for Bone Health and Osteoporosis