Osteoporosis is a growing concern among Filipino adults and the elderly.
The Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) reported that one of the potential contributor to poor bone health that causes osteoporosis among Filipinos is low calcium intake.
The 2021 Expanded National Nutrition Survey (ENNS) of the DOST-FNRI revealed that 97.2% of adults and 95.5% of elderly suffer from calcium deficiency. These statistics highlight the need to focus on osteoporosis awareness, diagnosis, and treatment, the DOST-FNRI emphasized.
Thus, the DOST-FNRI encourages everyone to eat calcium-rich food such as small fish, shell fish, cereals, green leafy vegetables, and dairy products.
It is also necessary to have sufficient vitamin D for efficient absorption of calcium by simply getting enough sunlight that activates vitamin D in the body, the DOST-FNRI added.
Furthermore, the DOST-FNRI recommends that the national government should intensify the food fortification program not only on milk products but other food products which can be good vehicles of calcium and vitamin D fortification.
Also, the Institute proposes that the LGUs should have a sustained effort and structured public awareness programs on the importance of bone health, initiate primary prevention programs focusing on modifiable risk factors such as nutrition and lifestyle-related behaviors, and establish diagnostic facilities like DEXA scans in their Health Centers for early detection of osteoporosis.