For National Osteoporosis Month 2021, the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation is “showcasing simple steps to promote good bone health”.

National Osteoporosis Month

What is National Osteoporosis Month?

In May Is National Osteoporosis Month: Join Us In Spreading Awareness! the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) explain:

“Each May, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) works to generate awareness and inspire behavioral change regarding the critical importance of good bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is common. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease, which is not a normal part of aging, is serious causing broken bones, pain, suffering and life-altering loss of mobility — yet it is treatable and even preventable”.

National Osteoporosis Month 2021

What are the NOF commemorating for National Osteoporosis Month 2021?

In National Osteoporosis Month 2021: Take Steps to Help Achieve Good Bone Health the NOF elaborate on:

“This May, NOF will commemorate National Osteoporosis Month with materials showcasing simple steps to promote good bone health. A cornerstone of the initiative is NOF’s digital calendar, which features 31 days of useful “to-dos” to help keep bones strong and raise awareness about osteoporosis. Additional resources including a user-friendly social media toolkit, the opportunity to attend an exercise-focused webinar and an inspiring podcast are available via the site”.National Osteoporosis Month 2021


What is osteoporosis?

In About Osteoporosis? the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s definition is:

“Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bone’. It is a condition where bones become thin and lose their strength, as they become less dense and their quality is reduced. This can lead to broken bones, which cause pain, disability, and make everyday activities extremely difficult.

Around the world, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis”.

National Osteoporosis Month 2021

Osteoporosis and Menopause

What is the association between osteoporosis and menopause?

In What Women Need To Know: Menopause: A Time for Action the NOF elaborate on:

National Osteoporosis Month May 2020“When a woman reaches menopause, her estrogen levels drop and can lead to bone loss. For some women, this bone loss is rapid and severe.

Two major factors that affect your chance of getting osteoporosis are:

  • The amount of bone you have when you reach menopause…
  • How fast you lose bone after you reach menopause. For some women, bone loss happens faster than for others. In fact, a woman can lose up to 20% of her bone density during the five – seven years following menopause. If you lose bone quickly, you have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis”.

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Last Updated: 30 May 2021 – Last Revised: 27 April 2021
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