World Osteoporosis Day 2019

Osteoporosis Day

About Osteoporosis:

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50years and over will suffer an osteoporosis fracture condition. Osteoporosis condition causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily- even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long term problem.
Fractures due to osteoporosis have a devastating impact on millions of people worldwide and result in enormous socio-economic costs to society and healthcare systems in general. Yet, despite effective medical advances to reduce fractures, a minority of men and women actually receive treatment. Only 10% of older women with fractures actually receive osteoporosis therapy as per survey.
World osteoporosis day (WOD), on 20th October 20 each year, marks a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis condition. It aims to make osteoporosis and fracture prevention a global health priority by reaching out to health-care professionals, the media, policy makers, patients, and the public. In 2019, the campaign will feature ‘That’s osteoporosis’’ as a headline, and, for the first time, will highlight emotionally impactful visuals and stories of rest people living with osteoporosis all over the world.

Key messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2019:
Osteoporosis is a growing issue that respects no boundaries: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.

Osteoporosis is the hidden, underlying cause of painful, debilitating and life-threatening fractures.

Take the Osteoporosis risk check-up to see whether you could be at risk of osteoporosis.

The five steps to healthy bones and a fracture-free future:
1.Exercise regularly: Weight-bearing, muscle strengthening and balance-training exercises are the best in this case.
2.Ensure a diet rich in bone-healthy nutrients: Calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium and protein are the most important for bone health. Safe exposure to sunshine will help you get enough Vitamin D nutrient.
3.Avoid negative lifestyle habits: Maintain a healthy body mass, avoid bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking.
4.Find out whether you have any risks factors and bring these to your doctor’s attention, especially if you’ve had a
5.Get tested and treated if need be. If you’re at high risk you will likely need medication to ensure optimal protection against fracture and so care should be taken.

Can osteoporosis and fractures be prevented in a person? Yes, if action is taken early and not delayed till the last condition! Have a good blend of nutrients from a balanced diet and bone health-rich nutrients coming from foods and supplements!
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Sayali Naik

-Expert and Writer