Osteoporosis: updated guidance for diagnosis and management


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) have published updated guidance on diagnosing and managing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. 

The document reviews and updates the 2013 guidance in a European setting with new information on the evaluation of bone microstructure in fracture risk assessment, the role of FRAX and Fracture Liaison Services in secondary fracture prevention, long-term effects on fracture risk of dietary intakes, and increased fracture risk on stopping drug treatment.

"Although this guidance has a European perspective and is focussed on postmenopausal women, the recommendations can be of assistance in other regions of the world and in men. The hope is that the recommendations will facilitate improved prevention and management for at-risk individuals and ultimately serve to alleviate the high societal and personal costs posed by osteoporosis to healthcare systems and patients with osteoporosis,” said Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, ESCEO President and Chair of the IOF Committee of National Societies, 

The guidance is published in Osteoporosis International with summaries published in Calcified Tissue International and Aging Clinical and Experimental Research.