Dr. Kevin Yip

Dr Kevin Yip
Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS(UK), FRCS(EDIN), FAM(SING), FHKCOS(ORTHO)

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1 in 3 people above age 35 risks developing osteoporosis

SINGAPORE: From the age of 35 years old, one in three people in Singapore could be at risk of developing osteoporosis.

This is according to an analysis of bone scans done under a programme run by Fonterra in Asia.

The New Zealand-based dairy cooperative said by the age of 25 year old, almost 20 per cent of Singaporeans were vulnerable to the disease.

The risk increases dramatically for men and women in their 50s, with nearly 45 per cent of Singaporeans at risk.

Men were also shown to experience poorer bone quality than women between 30 and 55 years of age, increasing their risk of bone fracture in later life.

The results were presented at the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s first Asia Regional Osteoporosis Meeting in Singapore.

Senior Health Platform Manager for Fonterra Asia and Middle East Joanne Todd said the results show that more needs to be done to help people build strong bones from early adulthood through to middle age.

Bone mass built in early adulthood has a big impact on the fragility of bones later in life, Ms Tood said.

Ms Todd said osteoporosis has commonly been associated with women, but maintaining good bone health should be just as important to men.

The results support research published in 2009 by the International Osteoporosis Foundation from across 14 countries in Asia.

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