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.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director general, World Health Organization, in an exclusive interview given to IOF, January 1999

Twenty-five years ago, the world's leading experts in cardiovascular diseases warned of an impending epidemic of heart disease in developing countries. This warning was largely ignored and we are now seeing a dramatic increase in prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the developing world. We must not allow the same thing to happen for osteoporosis. We must act now.

Gregory Coupet, footballer, French national team

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and fracture easily. It’s like a football team in which the defenders become weakened, and opponents can score easily. That’s a catastrophe. My advice to young girls and boys is to play sports and exercise. “Move it or Lose it”.