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

Pilin Leon, Miss Venezuela and Miss World in 1981

I have several people in my family who have osteoporosis. I think that women have to take more responsibility about their bones. More women get osteoporosis than breast cancer. When I was competing at Miss Venezuela and Miss World, I used to love to run, play basket ball, volley ball. My advice is move it, or lose it! Muévelo o piérdelo!

Prof. Ethel Siris, president of National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA), IOF Board member. Message on the occasion of the IOF Women Leaders Roundtable 2006

Osteoporosis and fracture risk are under diagnosed and under treated in the US and world wide. We have the clinical, research, and public health knowledge to improve this, but there is a gap between what we know we need to do and what we are actually doing.

Joanna Lumley, Supporter of the National Osteoporosis Society, UK

In the UK alone, every three minutes someone breaks a bone because of osteoporosis and we know that unless we take action now, the number of cases will keep rising. I hope that as many people as possible take the one-minute osteoporosis test, so we're all aware of the risk factors that we face.