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

Pilin Leon, Miss Venezuela and Miss World in 1981

I have several people in my family who have osteoporosis. I think that women have to take more responsibility about their bones. More women get osteoporosis than breast cancer. When I was competing at Miss Venezuela and Miss World, I used to love to run, play basket ball, volley ball. My advice is move it, or lose it! Muévelo o piérdelo!

Peggy Fleming, Olympic Gold Medalist and former world champion in figure skating, TV sports analyst, osteoporosis advocate Message on the occasion of the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, 2006

My biggest message today is to encourage women to take charge of their health. Don’t be an observer, be a participant, and don’t procrastinate about ANY of your checkups, including bone density tests.

Justine Pasek, Miss Panama, Miss Universe 2002

Girls often ask what makes someone beautiful. For me, a big part of beauty is being physically fit, healthy, and taking pride in your body and also in your personal values. Don’t let others tell you what you should look like and how you should behave. Don’t be a slave to fashion. My advice is respect yourself, respect your body, and that includes looking after your bones.