IOF Positions and Statements

Much of the research defining osteoporosis and fracture risk has focused on older adults, i.e. postmenopausal women and men over the age of 50. While older adults areat highest risk of osteoporosis and related fractures, the disease can also affect younger adultsbetween 20 and 50 years of age. Read more
A solid body of evidence shows that calcium is an important mineral for bone health in people of all ages. In early life, calcium helps to build stronger and denser bones. In later life, it plays a critical role in reducing the risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Read more
Osteoporosis constitutes a major public health problem through its association with age-related fractures, most notably those of the hip. As life expectancy rises around the world, along with the number of elderly people in every geographic region, the incidence of hip fractures is estimated to reach 6.3 million in 2050 - assuming a constant age-specific rate of fracture in men and women. Read more
A new editorial published in  Annals of Clinical Biochemistry (2011; 48:91-92) byS. D. Vasikaran, C. Cooper and J. A. Kanis emphasizes the important messages of the recent IOF-IFCC Position paper on bone markers. Read more
An expert working group of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) has released a new position paper which reviews the evidence of bone turnover markers (BTMs) in fracture risk prediction and monitoring of osteoporosis therapy. More importantly, it identifies research priorities and recommends that... Read more
On November 30, 2010, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (IOM) in the US released new recommendations on daily reference intakes for vitamin D and calcium across all ages. The report is based on available evidence in the literature, with higher quality studies, supporting the role of these nutrients on bone health. Read more
A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International1, shows that populations across the globe are suffering from the impact of low levels of vitamin D. The problem is widespread and on the increase, with potentially severe repercussions for overall health and fracture rates. Read more
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has welcomed the recently published paper European guidance for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women1 from the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO). Read more

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