Today, October 20th, is World Osteoporosis Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease where your bones become brittle and more likely to break. It occurs when you don’t make enough bone to replace the bone that you are losing.
If you have osteoporosis, even simple stresses like bending over or coughing could cause you to fracture a bone. The most common osteoporosis-related fractures are in the hips, spine, and wrists.
An estimated nine million people in the United States have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis most commonly affects women, specifically Asian and white women after menopause. However, osteoporosis can also affect men.
Vitamin D and Osteoporosis
Calcium is necessary for making dense and strong bones. In order to absorb calcium, your body needs vitamin D. Stronger bones help prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
Research has also found that vitamin D improves muscle strength and balance. This means people who have sufficient levels of vitamin D may have less falls, and therefore, are less at risk for fracturing a bone.
What can I do?
World Osteoporosis Day began with a campaign launched by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society on October 20th, 1996. It has since been organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization. They create a different theme each year, and this year’s theme is “Real men build their strength from within.”
One of the goals of World Osteoporosis Day is to provide the public with ways to build strong bones to help prevent osteoporosis.
Another goal of the World Osteoporosis Day is to raise awareness all over the world. Do you want to help raise awareness and get involved? Here’s how:
Check out our new infographic on osteoporosis below and share it with friends and family.