Oct 18 2016

Let’s All Celebrate World Osteoporosis Day!

Nerdel wants all parents and grandparents to be aware of how important your bones are!


What is World Osteoporosis Day?

World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.


History of World Osteoporosis Day

The concept for World Osteoporosis Day started with a campaign launched by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and supported by European Commission on October 20, 1996. Since 1997, the day has been organized by IOF. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day. Since 1999, World Osteoporosis Day campaigns have featured a specific theme.



What is osteoporosis?

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.


Can osteoporosis and fractures be prevented? Yes, if action is taken early! Read the information provided here to learn which steps you can take to build strong bones throughout life and avoid osteoporotic fractures.

Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future

IOF Launches 2016 Global Awareness Campaign for World Osteoporosis Day

Nyon, Switzerland, June 20, 2016 – The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) launches a call to action for this year’s World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), celebrated annually worldwide on October 20th to promote awareness of osteoporosis. Under its theme of Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future, WOD 2016 calls upon the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health, and for health authorities and physicians to protect their communities’ bone health. “The progressive bone loss that occurs with osteoporosis may be invisible and painless, but this ‘silent’ disease results in fractures which cause pain, disability, and ultimately loss of independence or premature death. We therefore urge people with osteoporosis to protect themselves against fractures by adopting a bone-healthy lifestyle in tandem with appropriate medical treatment,” states Prof. John Kanis, President IOF. It is estimated that worldwide an osteoporotic fracture occurs every three seconds. From 50 years of age, one in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture in their remaining lifetime. For women, the risk of hip fracture is higher than the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. Approximately 50% of people with one osteoporotic fracture will have another, with the risk of new fractures rising with each fracture. Despite effective advances in diagnosis, assessment and interventions to reduce fracture risk, a minority of men and women actually receive treatment. It is estimated that only 10% of older women with fragility fractures actually receive osteoporosis therapy. In the EU, in 2010, out of 21.3 million people considered to be at a high risk for osteoporotic fractures, 12.3 million were left untreated. IOF CEO Judy Stenmark comments, “The campaign urges individuals to take action for prevention, starting with the IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test. It also calls upon physicians and health authorities to ensure assessment and treatment of high-risk patients in order to reduce the burden of osteoporotic fractures.”

Media contact: Catherine Laverty, IOF. +41 79 874 52 08, claverty@iofbonehealth.org

IOF Risk Test: https://iofbonehealth.org/iof-one-minute-osteoporosis-risk-test

WOD, observed annually on 20 October, marks a year-long campaign

www.worldostoeporosisday.org #LoveYourBones

WOD Official Partners: Amgen, Fonterra, Lilly, MSD, Sunsweet

About IOF

IOF is the world’s largest NGO dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases: www.iofbonehealth.org

For more information, please contact the following resources:

  1. The National Osteoporosis Foundation- www.nof.org
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- www.CDC.gov
  3. NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center- www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/

Nerdel wants everyone to take care of their bones!!

World Osteoporosis Day


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