Happening every 20th of October, World Osteoporosis Day is “dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.” The United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society launched World Osteoporosis Day on 20 October 1996. This annual event is organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). This year’s theme is “serve up bone strength throughout life,” a reminder that fighting osteoporosis means maintaining healthy lifestyle, having a bone-healthy diet, identifying your risk factor and taking medication as prescribed by physician.
Here are the 3 things you could do today to take part in this global awareness campaign:
- IOF created an interactive One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test. It’s highly recommended that you take the test to know if you are at risk with this condition.
- Take a look at this fact sheet to know more about foods that promotes healthy bones.
- Join the conversation and use #WorldOsteoporosisDay to talk about osteoporosis.
Some facts about osteoporosis:
- Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds (214).
- Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90 (240).
- Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle as well as impaired neuromuscular function (e.g., reduced muscle strength, impaired gait and balance) are risk factors for developing fragility fractures (78,79,174,175).
- Sunlight exposure can increase the BMD of vitamin D deficient bone and lead to the prevention of nonvertebral fractures (176). (BMD stands for bone mineral density)
- Good nutrition is an important part of a successful rehabilitation program in patients who have had an osteoporotic fracture. In frail, elderly, hip fracture patients this is crucially important, as poor nutritional status can slow recovery, and increase susceptibility to further fractures (124,125,126,127).
For detailed information and references, visit Facts and Statistics page from IOF website where the listed facts are taken from.
Love your bones. Let’s talk #osteoporosis today.