World Osteoporosis Day #LoveYourBones
Each year, October 20 is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. This day marks the beginning of a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness. It was first launched in 1996 by the UK’s National Osteoporosis Society and has been led by International Osteoporosis Foundation since 1998. The World Health Organization has acted as a co-sponsor of the campaign. Annual campaigns have also been successful in raising public and health professional awareness of specific issues such as osteoporosis in men, postmenopausal osteoporosis, bone-healthy nutrition, the impact of fractures on quality of life, the role of exercise in bone health, vertebral fractures, need for risk awareness, secondary fracture prevention, and much more.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease affecting around 200 million people worldwide. The bones become increasingly weak, putting the patients at an increased risk of bone fractures. The causes of the disease are numerous and include metabolic disorders and alcoholism. Postmenopausal women have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis due to the lower levels of oestrogen. Preventing osteoporosis and the fractures associated with it can be achieved through a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking.