5th Pan Arab-IOF Osteoporosis Diagnostic Course a great success

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Developed by internationally renowned faculty, the two-day course was attended by 107 physicians and health professionals from around the region.

As part of the Nestlé Middle East regional bone health initiative announced in May 2009, Nestlé sponsored the 5th Pan Arab-IOF Osteoporosis Diagnostic Course, hosted by the Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society (PAOS) in Damascus on July 2nd and 3rd.

Developed by internationally renowned faculty, the two-day course covered the latest knowledge on the physiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and management of Osteoporosis. The course was attended by 107 physicians and health professionals from around the region.

Dr. Gemma Adib, President of the Pan Arab Osteoporosis Society opened the event with a welcome speech and overview of Osteoporosis in the region at large, "Most recent studies have pointed out the prevalence of low bone mass among women in the region, as 35% of women over the age of 50 in the Middle East suffer from osteoporosis, and numbers are increasing," she said.

"Continuing to upgrade the knowledge of medical professionals around the Arab region when it comes to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis is imperative to help curb the spread of the problem."

Dr. Adib also highlighted the importance of nutrition in preventing bone disease, thanking Nestlé Middle East for sponsoring the course.

In addition to risk assessment and treatment topics, 'Non Pharmacologic Preventive Measures' against Osteoporosis was an issue discussed during the course.

About "Nestlé Strong & Healthy Bones"
In May 2009, Nestlé Middle East announced the launch of a region-wide initiative to boost bone health knowledge and preventative action. The "Nestlé Strong & Healthy Bones" initiative addresses the need to propagate bone health knowledge in the region, with a view to help women build and maintain strong and healthy bones and thus reduce the risks of bone disease in later life. In addition to imparting knowledge and practical information drawn from Nestlé's extended nutritional research heritage, the initiative will see several education programs and active campaigns rolled out across the region.