The National Osteoporosis Foundation Joins Organizations Worldwide to Raise Awareness and Provide Resources about Osteoporosis and Bone Health on World Osteoporosis Day, October 20th
ARLINGTON, VA (October 15, 2019) In the U.S. more than 54 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk of the disease due to low bone density. Osteoporosis-related bone fractures are responsible for more hospitalizations than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined.
A recent study released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation found that these high-risk patients remain untreated despite knowing of their increased fracture risk, having concerns that a fracture could severely limit the quality of life, and being aware of their treatment options.
That’s why on October 20th, NOF joins with patient organizations around the globe urging people to learn the risk factors and take appropriate action to protect their bone health as part of World Osteoporosis Day.
“We know that many people have questions about bone health so we’ve created a suite of resources “35 Ways to Stay Bone Strong”, said Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of NOF. “We invite you to become an advocate, empower yourself and your friends by knowing the facts, and find ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Bone health risk factors are both controllable and uncontrollable. Areas within your control include screening for osteoporosis with a bone mineral density test (also called a DXA scan), consuming adequate calcium and Vitamin D in your diet, eating enough fruits and vegetables, getting appropriate exercise and avoiding smoking. Uncontrollable factors are age (over 50), menopause, a family history of osteoporosis, and low body weight/being small and thin. Talk with your healthcare provider to understand your unique risks and plan to stay bone strong. NOF’s website offers important information and resources about risks related to osteoporosis, fractures, and treatment. Visit www.NOF.org for these resources and more.
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation’s leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of awareness, education, advocacy, and research. For more information on the National Osteoporosis Foundation, visit www.bonehealthandosteoporosis.org.
About World Osteoporosis Day
Through early prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis, millions of men and women all over the world can reduce their risk of painful, debilitating and life-threatening fractures. We invite the public, healthcare professionals and organizations worldwide to join its 240-member societies in raising awareness of bone health and calling for action on osteoporosis prevention in their communities. Learn more at http://worldosteoporosisday.org