World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October, and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
World Osteoporosis Day was launched on 20 October 1996 by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and supported by the European Commission. Since 1997, the day has been organised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day. The day also marks the launch of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Since 1999 these campaigns have featured a specific theme.
80% of the victims of osteoporosis worldwide are women 50 years of age and beyond. The irony is that people can look strong from the outside yet stricken by osteoporosis in the inside. Yet, as this common disease of the bone is treatable, let us learn more about it on this year’s observance of the World Osteoporosis Day.
Each year, national osteoporosis societies all over the world organize activities to remind the people of the dangers of osteoporosis. Actions also center on information dissemination on the disease and its avoidance. Everyone is inspired to join and get involved. Each year, a theme is selected for its observance.
To fund the many projects, they also accept donations in cash or through volunteer of services. Hosting fundraisers for the cause is also highly welcomed. Posting to the social media sites is also a big help in increasing awareness of the event. Attending local activities such assymposium and seminars on the latest findings on osteoporosis is also highly recommended.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a progressive bone ailment that is characterized by the lowering of the bone mass and density. Such a condition causes the gradual weakening in the density of the bones. As a result, it leads to a higher risk of a person to experience bone fracture. This is common to the hip bone, wrist and spinal column.