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.
 

Our Bone Health Advocates

Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer, scored three goals to win World Cup for Italy in 1982

My mother has osteoporosis and every day I feel her pain - she suffers terribly and I just wish that her doctors had told her about osteoporosis risk factors before she started breaking her bones. I now realize that osteoporosis also strikes men - and because I have a family history of osteoporosis I intend to learn more about this disease and get myself checked before it gets to me.

Dr Rita Süssmith, former president of the German Bundestag, Patron of the National Initiative Against Osteoporosis (NIO) in Germany

The decision makers in the field of health politics are still not taking this widespread disease seriously enough despite its enormous impact on our society.

Julie Payette is chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency

Worldwide, one out of three women and one out of five men over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis. But the good news is that osteoporosis is preventable by eating right, by moving and exercising, and by knowing about it. If you would like to find out more about osteoporosis, visit the International Osteoporosis Foundation's website and take the risk test.