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Osteoporosis update - Ian Reid

2017: Distinguished Professor Ian Reid talks about Osteoporosis New Zealand's Guidance on Diagnosing and Managing Osteoporosis in New Zealand. Ian is a Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Auckland and an international expert and research award winner in osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis New Zealand's Guidance on the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis in New Zealand is a user-friendly and highly practical tool providing support to clinicians throughout the health system to deliver evidence-based practice for their patients who are at high risk of sustaining fragility fractures. As an expert panel member involved in the project, Ian shares the primary objectives for developing the guidance.

Key Points - Osteoporosis Guidance


  • Maintain a healthy weight (BMI > 20) throughout life from a balanced diet
  • Safe, weight-bearing exercise
  • Don’t smoke, moderate alcohol intake 
  • Vitamin D in frail elderly and veiled women, for prevention of osteomalacia


  • Assess fracture risk in women in their 60s, using BMD and FRAX (or Garvan)
  • Assess fracture risk in all older people with fractures, or other risk factors (e.g. steroid use, family history, falls etc)


  • Offer treatment when 10-year hip fracture risk is >3%
  • Oral or IV bisphosphonates are the first-line
  • Calcium from diet
  • Re-assess need for treatment at 4-5 years


Patient Resources


Ian Reid

Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology

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