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

Anton Mosimann, master chef

I know quite a few people with the illness osteoporosis. It’s very sad to see them suffering so much. I try to help with my food, with my ideas. Most important is proper eating, lots of calcium and vitamin D. Green vegetables, freshly cooked, full of color, full of flavor, full of taste. I think that’s very, very important. Enjoy life, eat well, and Bone Appétit.

Chalida Thaochalee, Miss Thailand 1998

I think it is particularly important for young girls and boys to exercise in order to build stronger bones to prevent osteoporosis later in life, because most people reach their peak bone density and strength in their teens and twenties. After peak bone mass is reached, bone density remains stable during adulthood and then declines with age. Weight bearing exercises are essential for building bone density and mass. However, to obtain bone benefits, exercise must be regular.

Sportacus, Hero of children's program 'Lazytown'

Hi guys! I'm Sportacus from LazyTown! To be a super hero, I need lots of energy and my bones have to be strong! If you want to be a super hero too, then get up and get moving! And make sure you eat lots of foods with calcium, like milk, cheese and yogurt! Then you'll never be a LazyBones! Come on, let's move!