Osteoporosis

Our bones are living tissue that give our body structure, allow us to move and protect our organs. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thin and  lose their strength. This can lead to fractures, which cause pain and make everyday activities extremely difficult. After a hip fracture, about one-quarter of people die or never walk again. 

It’s estimated over 200 million women have osteoporosis. That’s more than the combined populations of the Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty will experience an osteoporotic fracture.

In fact, every three seconds a bone will break, somewhere in the world, because of this disease.

Many people won’t know they have osteoporosis until their first fracture, which is why it’s called the ‘silent disease’. Even after a break, it often goes untreated.

The good news is osteoporosis can be diagnosed and treated and fractures often prevented through healthy lifestyle choices and appropriate medication for those in need.
 

Our Bone Health Advocates

Belinda Green, Miss Australia and Miss World in 1972

I think if you are at high risk of osteoporosis, and even if you are not, you have to look at your health. Keep everything very simple. But you need to eat well, considering things like calcium, vitamin D and so on, and also you need to stay active and just keep the bones and the body moving. Life’s too good to be missing out on it. Healthy bones are the foundation to a healthy body.

Susan Hampshire, U.K. theatre, film and television actress, patron of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) in the U.K. speaking at the IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, October 2008

Your bones are for life. Look after them and they will carry you far.

René Rizzoli, IOF Treasurer and CSA Vice-Chair

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