World Osteoporosis Day 2021 is October 20. At menopause, or earlier, take a stand and choose good bone health to prevent osteoporosis.

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What is World Osteoporosis Day on October 2020?

In Patients: World Osteoporosis Day the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) elaborate on:

“World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), marked on October 20, is an annual campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of bone health and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related fragility fractures. It aims to put osteoporosis and fracture prevention on the global health agenda by reaching out to patients and the public at large, the media, health-care professionals, and policy makers. A dedicated website hosts all resources and showcases events being carried out for this global annual campaign”.


World Osteoporosis Day 2021 and Menopause

Menopause

What is the association between menopause and bone loss?

In Calcium: Recommended Daily Calcium Intake the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health 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
  • After this period of time the rate of bone loss is reduced and stabilises”.

Postmenopause

What is the association between postmenopause and osteoporosis?

On page one in Management of Osteoporosis In Postmenopausal Women: The 2021 Position Statement of the North American Menopause Society: Abstract – Results the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

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“Postmenopausal bone loss, related to estrogen deficiency, is the primary contributor to osteoporosis. Other important risk factors for postmenopausal osteoporosis include advanced age, genetics, smoking, thinness, and many diseases and drugs that impair bone health. An evaluation of these risk factors to identify candidates for osteoporosis screening and recommending nonpharmacologic measures such as good nutrition (especially adequate intake of protein, calcium, and vitamin D), regular physical activity, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are appropriate for all postmenopausal women”.

Hip Fractures

What is the association between osteoporosis and hip fractures?

In About Osteoporosis: What Is Osteoporosis? the IOF note:

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“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”.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have osteoporosis?

In About Osteoporosis: Have Risk Factors? Talk To Your Doctor, Ask for Testing the IOF note:

Osteoporosis.Risk.Check.

“To become aware of any potential risk factors, take the IOF Osteoporosis Risk Check.

If you are over the age of 50 and you have one or more risk factors you should discuss these with your doctor and ask for an assessment of your bone health status. Lifestyle changes may be recommended and, for those at high risk, medication may be prescribed for optimal protection against fractures”.

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Last Updated: 22 October 2021 – Last Revised: 19 October 2021
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