World Health Organization releases osteoporosis calculator for Singapore
The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a tool called the FRAX calculator, which helps physicians evaluate patients for osteoporosis. This week, officials from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases at the University of Sheffield announced the launch of a FRAX calculator for Singapore.
Currently FRAX models exist in China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, China. As a result of growing research and osteoporosis awareness, more countries are aiming to reduce the number of fatal bone fractures.
FRAX was designed to calculate an individual's 10-year probability of hip fracture or major osteoporotic break.
"This means that Singaporeans aged 40 and above can now accurately assess their absolute risk of having an osteoporotic fracture over the next 10 years, with or without a DXA bone mineral density measurement," said Chionh Siok Bee, vice president of the Osteoporosis Society of Singapore. "We have over 2,000 hip fractures and 6,000 spinal fractures a year in this age group."
According to the IOF, one in three women and one in five men over 50 will experience fractures due to osteoporosis.