New IOF Report Shows Smoking, Alcohol, Being Underweight and Poor Nutrition Harm Our Bones

    NYON, Switzerland, Oct. 19 /CNW/ -

    - World Osteoporosis Day Celebrated in Some 80 Countries
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    If you smoke, drink more than two units of alcohol a day, are
underweight, don't exercise or eat well, you could be setting yourself up for
osteoporosis later in life, according to a new report issued today by the
International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) on the occasion of World
Osteoporosis Day (WOD).
    The new report Beat the Break: Know and Reduce Your Osteoporosis Risk
Factors (
describes the common risk factors, both modifiable and fixed, that place
people at greater risk of osteoporosis.
    IOF Chief Executive Officer Daniel Navid noted: "By 2050, it is estimated
that incidence of hip fracture, a major consequence of osteoporosis, will
increase by 310 and 240 percent in men and women. Osteoporosis-related
fractures often imply pain, loss of function and, in the worse cases, death."
    Professor Cyrus Cooper, author of the "Beat the Break" report and IOF
board member, said, "Worldwide, the incidence of osteoporosis is growing at
epidemic proportions - we now know that one woman in three and one man in five
over fifty will experience an osteoporotic fracture."
    Beat the Break is also the theme of World Osteoporosis Day 2007,
celebrated on October 20 with international activities in more than eighty
countries. To beat the break and avoid fractures, IOF urges individuals to
take the new IOF One Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test
( and to follow a
bone-friendly lifestyle - with a nutritious diet including sufficient calcium
and vitamin D, regular exercise, avoiding smoking and excess alcohol.
    Modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis primarily arise because of
unhealthy diet or lifestyle choices. They include poor nutrition, low body
mass index, eating disorders, alcohol, smoking, and insufficient exercise.
    Fixed risk factors are those that individuals are born with or cannot
alter. They include age, gender, family history of fracture, the presence of a
previous fracture, ethnicity, and the onset of early menopause. It is
important to be aware of these fixed risks so steps can be taken to reduce
loss of bone minerals.
    WOD 2007 is supported by an unrestricted educational grant provided by
four Global Gold Sponsors: Fonterra Brands, Novartis, MSD and Tetra Pak.

For further information:

For further information: Janice Blondeau, International Osteoporosis
Foundation, Tel. +41-22-994-0100, Fax. +41-22-994-0101, E-mail:

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