A lot of women have the misconception that being skinny is beautiful and they go on unnecessary diets and sacrifice their bone health. I think what we should do is actually to eat healthily in order to prevent osteoporosis. I make sure that my family eats properly with a high intake of calcium and vitamin D, which are important in building and maintaining strong bones. Bone Appétit!
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
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.
It does seem incredible that a disease that can be diagnosed and can be successfully treated is not a major health issue. We must do all we can to prevent, treat and ultimately cure this painful and life restricting disease.