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

Dr. Kiran Bedi, the first woman to join the Indian Police Service, is an award-winning advocate for prison and police reform and among the most admired women in India

As police officers we have a duty to work for a secure environment. As individuals we have a similar duty to keep our health nourished. The future of India will be based on developing a generation of strong women with strong bones, which is why I’m promoting this mission to fight against osteoporosis. I plea that all women take responsibility for their bone health and learn about their osteoporosis risk factors to prevent rather than lament. Time is of essence.

Susan Hampshire, U.K. theatre, film and television actress, patron of the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) in the U.K. speaking at the IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, October 2008

Your bones are for life. Look after them and they will carry you far.

John A. Kanis, IOF President

"Osteoporosis is a major public health problem with serious medical and economic impact. While there have been many advances in the management of osteoporosis over the past 10 years, important care gaps still exist."