Fonterra and IOF fund Indonesian female osteoporosis research

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Fonterra and IOF fund Indonesian female osteoporosis research

Related tags: Bone health, Osteoporosis

Fonterra has teamed up with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to fund research to examine the prevalence of low bone mineral density (BMD) among young women in Indonesia.

The New Zealand-based dairy exporter and the IOF chose the University of Indonesia's Dr Suharti Suherman from a list of 19 applicants to receive a CHF 40,000 ($43,000, €32,500) research grant.

Using the money, Suherman will examine the relationship between BMD, muscle strength and related lifestyle habits in Indonesian women between the ages of 25 and 35.

Commenting, Suherman said: “There is currently a lack of data to help health professionals in Indonesia build effective osteoporosis management and prevention strategies, and I believe that my research will help to fill this gap.”

“Fonterra is committed to raising awareness about bone health, and has worked in partnership with the IOF for seven years to help educate people across the region about the importance of looking after their bone health from an early age,”​ said Fonterra nutritionist Joanne Todd.

“We established this grant to understand more about how the region’s diet and lifestyle trends are impacting bone health in Asia, and generate greater awareness of how osteoporosis and poor bone health can be prevented,” ​Todd added.

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