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

Alice Chiu, prominent philanthropist, founder and director, Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation, Hong Kong Message on the occasion of the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, 2006

Osteoporosis will remain as a major health challenge for Asians in the decades to come. We must work with the IOF to generate resources, lobby governments, and empower women in their fight against osteoporosis.

Jet Li, action film star

I think osteoporosis is a serious problem. When you have a lack of calcium you can easily get osteoporosis. We should be more concerned about our daily diet and having more exercise so we can maintain a healthy body. Then you will have more time to take care of your family and bring happiness to everyone.

Karen Mok, actress and singer

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!