New IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check launched

Quick and easy-to-use, the new tool features eight questions alerting to key risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures.

Worldwide, one in three women and one five men aged 50 years and older will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis. Yet many people who have osteoporosis, and many who have risk factors which could increase their risk of developing the disease, remain unaware of the danger to their bone health and future quality of life.

To help individuals easily identify their personal risk factors for osteoporosis, IOF has launched the new IOF OSTEOPOROSIS RISK CHECK. The online questionnaire asks eight key questions and provides a comprehensive infographic which outlines a more complete list of common osteoporosis risk factors.

> Could you be at risk? Take the online IOF OSTEOPOROSIS RISK CHECK

> Download the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check leaflet

Professor Cyrus Cooper, IOF President, stated:

Osteoporosis sneaks up, silently - but make no mistake, it is dangerous. It can lead to broken bones which all too often result in long-term disability, diminished quality of life and lost independence. I urge all adults, especially those over the age of 50, to take the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check. Being knowledgeable about potential risks for osteoporosis and having a bone health assessment if needed, are the first important steps to prevention and future healthy mobility.”

Key risk factors for osteoporosis include age (older adults are at higher risk than younger people), breaking a bone after age 50 (a likely sign of underlying osteoporosis!), being underweight, height loss, a parental history of hip fracture or osteoporosis, having certain disorders or taking certain medications linked to bone loss, smoking, and excessive alcohol intake. Other factors, as outlined in the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check infographic, can also increase an individual’s risk for osteoporosis.

IOF looks forward to providing the RISK CHECK and leaflet in multiple languages in the coming months so that individuals in all regions of the world can take advantage of the new resource.

The IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check is supported by an unrestricted grant from Amgen.