Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research today announced 50,000 Australians have completed the Know Your Bones self-assessment! A great achievement with many more to come.
Greg Lyubomirksy CEO of Osteoporosis Australia said “it is very encouraging to see so many people using this online tool to understand more about their bone health”.
“People who take the Know Your Bones self-assessment are taking a powerful, proactive step in looking after their long-term health and quality of life,” says Peter Croucher, Garvan’s Head of Bone Biology and Osteoporosis. “Fractures can have a devastating effect, but with the right knowledge and medical support, it is possible to reduce your risk of a subsequent fracture by as much as 80 per cent. Know Your Bones is an excellent example of research being used to deliver huge benefits to the community.”
Know Your Bones is an online self-assessment tool based on Garvan’s long standing Australian study of osteoporosis in men and women.
The website provides a report showing any risks which can then be taken to the doctor and discussed if required.
In Australia osteoporosis is common resulting in over 165,000 fractures in 2018. Early investigation of risk factors for osteoporosis and better management of osteoporosis can help reduce fracture numbers.