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

Olivieri Toscani, Italian photographer, speaking about his photographic exhibition "Osteoporosis: A Photographic Vision"

By photographing people in black and white, without the camouflage of clothing or props, viewers can better understand the true nature of osteoporosis. I believe knowledge is the basis of osteoporosis education. The people in this exhibition have shown a large amount of generosity by revealing their physical situation in this way. Through the visual effect of the exhibition they will help other people to find out if they are also exposed to the risk.

Carmen Sanchez, osteoporosis patient from Spain, speaking at an IOF press conference held in Brussels

There is indeed one thing I have learnt – that an accurate diagnosis, which is relatively simple, can save women from a lot of suffering, fractures and emotional damage.

Manolya Onur, Miss Turkey 1975

Even if you have osteoporosis and suffer from pain, exercise can help with rehabilitation. It is never too late to start doing exercise. Consult your doctor and see what type of exercise is best for you and start your exercise program today.