New guidelines for managing osteoporosis

A new clinical guideline to treat osteoporosis has been announced by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to better assist the 692,000 Australians who have osteoporosis.

The new guideline will assist with diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of osteoporosis in older people.

Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot said the guideline was released to mark National Musculoskeletal Awareness Week which runs from 28 March to 4 April 2010.

The guideline was developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) with the support of the Federal Government and approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The clinical guideline is designed to help GPs and other primary care professionals in managing and diagnosing patients with osteoporosis.

“The guideline is the fourth in a series developed by the RACGP to assist GPs with short-term care, long-term care planning and management and the coordination of multidisciplinary care needs for musculoskeletal conditions,’’ Ms Elliot said.

A diet rich in calcium, vitamin D via moderate exposure to sunlight or supplements, and regular weight bearing exercise throughout childhood and adolescence can help prevent development of osteoporosis.

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