Japanese women underestimate risk of osteoporosis
A new study has shown that Japanese women do not believe that they are at risk of osteoporosis.
Data was collected from 16,801 women over 50 from the annual Japanese National Health and Wellness Surveys. Only 15% of respondents believed they were at risk of osteoporosis.
Although Japanese women believe they are not at risk of osteoporosis, 1 in 4 Japanese women (of all ages) have osteoporosis.
Of those who fractured, 1 in 3 women were never assessed for osteoporosis or referred for a bone density scan.
Throughout Asia, osteoporosis is widely underdiagnosed and more public awareness is needed, along with stressing the importance of prevention.