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GI disorders are being overlooked as risk factors for osteoporosis in many guidelines

Source: UEG Press Service

Mounting evidence linking the gastrointestinal (GI) tract with the development of osteoporosis has led to calls for gastroenterologists to get more involved in the fight against osteoporosis and for GI risk factors to feature more prominently in European osteoporosis prevention guidelines. Professor Heidi-Ingrid Maaroos, from the University of Tartu in Estonia, speaking on behalf of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG), says: "Much more needs to be done to raise awareness of the role of GI disorders and certain commonly used treatments in the development of osteoporosis. Gastroenterologists must join forces with family doctors and other specialists to try and prevent osteoporosis, which has now reached epidemic proportions and is increasingly affecting younger people."

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