World Osteoporosis Day
Posted Monday, October 20, 2008

(U.S. Office of the Surgeon General)

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day, and DSIB would like to highlight the effort of the many wonderful organizations who are helping to raise awareness about this all too prevalent disease. Osteoporosis is a condition in which skeletal bone mass undergoes a marked decrease. This leaves those suffering from osteoporosis with fragile, brittle bones, making them increasingly likely to suffer bone fractures and further complications in the future. The most insidious feature of the disease is that it occurs unnoticed, displaying no symptoms or effects until after it is too late.

The good news is that osteoporosis is a largely preventable condition. This is why World Osteoporosis Day and awareness about the condition are so important. With a simple combination of nutrition and exercise, many serious fractures could be avoided. By simply taking the recommended doses of calcium, strontium, and vitamin D, many of the hardships caused by osteoporosis could be avoided.

Marking the day, the International Osteoporosis Foundation has begun an initiative encouraging health policy officials across the world to improve healthcare and social policies to reduce the human and socio-economic burden of osteoporosis. You can learn more about the Stand Tall, Speak Out program below, as well as other info from a variety of wonderful organizations.

DSIB Health Notes: Osteoporosis
International Osteoporosis Foundation: Stand Tall, Speak Out
National Osteoporosis Foundation: World Osteoporosis Day
National Osteoporosis Society Young People are Putting Their Bones at Risk
Times Online: How to combat osteoporosis
American Profile: Osteoporosis: The Genetic Factor
Trading Markets: A male malady, too: Long associated with older women, osteoporosis 'underdiagnosed, undertreated' in men


(National Osteoporosis Society UK)


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