Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2012 Aug 17.
Mithal A, Kaur P.
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Medanta the Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon, Haryana, 122001, India, ambrishmithal at hotmail.com.
Asia is witnessing a rapid growth in its aging population. Yet osteoporosis in this region has received relatively little attention.
Hip fracture rates have increased by 2- to 3-fold in most Asian countries during the past 30 years.
Lack of quality epidemiologic data, widespread vitamin D deficiency, low dietary calcium intakes, and uneven access to diagnostic and therapeutic facilities are some of the major challenges faced in this region.
Osteoporotic fractures constitute a huge medical, social, and economic burden in Asia.
There is an urgent need to promote research, spread awareness, and build national health programs to check this growing problem.
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