[ASC-media] Breaking News - Findings from major study of bone health

IM Thinking ian at imthinking.com.au
Sun Mar 22 12:18:31 CET 2009

Media Release
Sunday 22 March 2009
Contact: Ian Muchamore, IM Thinking
Email: ian at imthinking.com.au
Tel: 0415 551 705

Breaking News - Findings from major study of bone health

Many bone fractures in older Australian men are not being picked up or 
treated. Even small fractures are an indicator of underlying osteoporosis 
and a warning that a more serious life threatening break may be on the way.

The findings will be presented on Sunday at an international bone health 
meeting in Sydney. Almost 1000 clinicians, researchers and international 
experts in bone health will attend the meeting.

The CHAMP study of over 1700 older men in Sydney study has used bone density 
testing and scans of the spine to assess bone health and fracture history.

The first results from the major study have revealed that many fractures go 
undetected and untreated. The study found that 1 in 4 of the men aged over 
80 years had had some form of bone fracture in their back.

Researcher Kerrin Bleicher, from the Unversity of Sydney, commented that 
"Small fractures in the back can occur in older men from simple actions such 
as bending over, picking up a grandchild, slipping and falling. The man may 
feel some back pain but not realise he has a fracture."

Having even a relatively minor osteoporotic fracture increases the 
likelihood of further major and life threatening breaks such a hip fracture. 
Further, the consequences of a hip fracture are often more serious for men 
than for women.

The study also found that 1 in 4 of men aged over 70 were eligible for 
Medicare supported treatments for osteoporosis.  However less than 1 in 10 
of those eligible, for supported treatment, was actually receiving it.

Further Information
The 2nd Joint Meeting of the International Bone and Mineral Society and the 
Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society will be held at the 
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 21-25 March 2009. Almost 1000 
delegates are expected to attend.

Presentation Sunday 2pm. Abstract #307. Prevalence and treatment of 
osteoporosis in older Australian men findings from the CHAMP study . K. 
Bleicher, V. Naganathan, M. J. Seibel, P. N. Sambrook, R. G. Cumming. CERA 
and School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP) is one of the world's 
largest and most comprehensive studies of the health of older men. CHAMP 
involves 1705 men aged 70 years and older recruited from the community 
living near Concord Hospital in Sydney's inner west. Opportunities may be 
available for media to photo individual men who have participated in the 
CHAMP study.


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