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

EU Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou in a video message on World Osteoporosis Day 2009

I am pleased to express support and commitment from the EU Commission to the millions of people suffering from osteoporosis and their families all over the world.

Martin Yan, Master Chef

I’m very interested in helping to fight osteoporosis because many people, including my mother, suffer from this terrible disease. Eating foods high in calcium, like bok choy, cheese, and broccoli, can help reduce the risk of developing this disease. Use the right ingredients and choose foods that are good for the bones, your body and soul. Bone Appétit!

Magida El Roumi, celebrated Lebanese singer

‘While pursuing our dreams and hopes,
we tend to forget the importance of our bones, and we end up wearing them out - we realize only when it is too late that we didn’t take care of them. This is why I am participating in this campaign, to shed light on this truth, because if we are aware we can avoid this terrible disease and thereby avoid misery, sadness and a poor quality of life.’