“On World Osteoporosis Day, October 20, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), together with its 250 member organizations worldwide, urge all older adults to be aware of osteoporosis risk factors and to consult their doctors if they are at risk”.

World Osteoporosis Day 2019

What is World Osteoporosis Day?

In World Osteoporosis Day October 20: The 2019 Global WOD Campaign? the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) elaborate on:

“World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), on October 20 each year, marks a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis…”.

Women

How many women have osteoporosis?

In Osteoporosis the IOF note:

World Osteoporosis Day 2019

“It’s estimated over 200 million women have osteoporosis. That’s more than the combined populations of the Germany, the United Kingdom and France”.

In World Osteoporosis Day October 20: Key Messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2019 the IOF also note:

  • “Osteoporosis is a growing global problem that respects no boundaries: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.

Menopause

What is the association between menopause and bone loss?

In What Women Need To Know: Menopause: A Time for Action the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation elaborate on:

“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…”.

In Osteoporosis the Australasian Menopause Society note:

World Osteoporosis Day 2019

“The female sex hormone oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone strength. After menopause oestrogen levels drop and this may result in increased bone loss. The average woman loses up to 10 per cent of her bone mass in the first five years after menopause”.

In Calcium: Recommended Daily Calcium Intake the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) also note:

  • “When women go through menopause, there is a rapid loss of bone because of decreased oestrogen and this process may last from 4-8 years after menopause”.

Silent Disease

Why is osteoporosis called the ‘silent disease’?

In What Is Osteoporosis and What Causes It? Osteoporosis Can Sneak Up on You the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation explain:

“Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because one can’t feel bones weakening. Breaking a bone is often the first sign of osteoporosis or a patient may notice that he or she is getting shorter or their upper back is curving forward. If you are experiencing height loss or your spine is curving, be sure to consult your doctor or healthcare professional immediately”.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have osteoporosis?

If you think you have osteoporosis, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Exercise for Your Bone Health: A Complete Osteoporosis Program the (United States National Institute of Health’s) NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center explain:

“Remember, exercise is only one part of an osteoporosis prevention or treatment program. Like a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise helps strengthen bones at any age. But proper exercise and diet may not be enough to stop bone loss caused by medical conditions, menopause, or lifestyle choices such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. It is important to speak with your doctor about your bone health. Discuss whether you might be a candidate for a bone mineral density test. If you are diagnosed with low bone mass, ask what medications might help keep your bones strong”.

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Last Updated: 04 May 2019 – Last Revised: 20 October 2019
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