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

Ursula Andress, actress and former 'Bond Girl'

I knew very little about osteoporosis before I was diagnosed. When I found out I was shocked and refused to believe it! As far as I was concerned, osteoporosis was not for someone like me, a former Bond girl who travelled, swam, walked miles every day...I feel lucky that with the help of my doctor I can still be me, living life and doing activities that I want and expect to be able to do.

Sportacus, Hero of children's program 'Lazytown'

Hi guys! I'm Sportacus from LazyTown! To be a super hero, I need lots of energy and my bones have to be strong! If you want to be a super hero too, then get up and get moving! And make sure you eat lots of foods with calcium, like milk, cheese and yogurt! Then you'll never be a LazyBones! Come on, let's move!

Carmen Sanchez, osteoporosis patient from Spain, speaking at an IOF press conference held in Brussels

There is indeed one thing I have learnt – that an accurate diagnosis, which is relatively simple, can save women from a lot of suffering, fractures and emotional damage.