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World Osteoporosis Day

Join the world in supporting World Osteoporosis Day - learn more about preventing and managing osteoporosis to ensure a healthy future!
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World Osteoporosis Day on Oct. 20 is a day to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of bone health. This day was first established in 1996 by the International Osteoporosis Foundation to help prevent fractures and improve access to diagnosis, treatment, and care for those at risk of osteoporotic fractures. It's also an opportunity to learn more about how we can make our bones stronger through nutrition, exercise, lifestyle choices, and other measures!

History of World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day Dates

World Osteoporosis Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of World Osteoporosis Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Osteoporosis Foundation establishes World Osteoporosis Day to increase awareness of the disease and promote preventive measures.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>EU Approval of First Bisphosphonate</div><div class='timeline-text'>The European Union approves Alendronate, the first bisphosphonate to treat osteoporosis, thus advancing medical options for the disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Global Patient Bill of Rights</div><div class='timeline-text'>IOF issues the first Global Patient Bill of Rights for People with Osteoporosis, empowering patients with knowledge about their rights and obligations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of 'Love Your Bones'</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Osteoporosis Day campaign 'Love Your Bones' is launched to stress prevention and good nutrition to maintain bone health.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Focus on Men and Osteoporosis</div><div class='timeline-text'>The WOD campaign focuses on osteoporosis in men, bringing attention to the impact of this disease on the male population.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nutrition and Lifestyle Emphasis</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Osteoporosis Day brings light to the significance of nutrition and lifestyle in preventing the disease, promoting a holistic approach.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Osteoporosis Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat calcium-rich foods</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make sure to include foods that are rich in calcium like dark green leafy vegetables, dairy products, canned fish, and nuts in your diet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Exercise regularly</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Strength training and weight bearing exercises help build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis. Try activities such as walking, jogging, stair climbing or dancing.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Get tested for bone density</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you are at risk for osteoporosis, your doctor may recommend having a bone density test to measure the strength of your bones.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take supplements</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Vitamin D and calcium supplements can help reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about which supplements are right for you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Help spread awareness about osteoporosis by sharing information about the condition with family and friends or volunteering with an organization dedicated to helping those affected by it.</p></div></div>

Why World Osteoporosis Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Osteoporosis Day is an important reminder to raise awareness and educate people on the risks associated with this serious medical condition. By understanding the signs, symptoms and treatment options, individuals can take proactive steps to protect their bones and prevent further damage or injury.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages early screening & detection</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Early screening and detection are key to managing a healthy lifestyle. World Osteoporosis Day encourages individuals to get tested for osteoporosis so that they can start taking action as soon as possible. Early screening and diagnosis allows individuals to find the most beneficial treatments before it's too late!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Provides resources & support</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Osteoporosis Day also helps provide access to resources and support for those affected by osteoporosis. The day serves as an opportunity for organizations, charities, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders to come together in order to increase awareness and provide education on bone health.</p></div></div>

5 Facts for World Osteoporosis Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 will experience Osteoporotic Fractures</h3><p class='facts-content'>Osteoporosis, often dubbed as a silent disease, threatens millions of people worldwide, especially postmenopausal women, making it a global public health concern.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Osteoporosis is Known as a 'Pediatric Disease with Geriatric Consequences'</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bone mass accumulation during early life is crucial for bone health in the elderly. This highlights the importance of maintaining bone health from childhood to prevent osteoporosis in later years.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Osteoporosis is Often Undiagnosed Until a Bone Fracture Occurs</h3><p class='facts-content'>Since osteoporosis is symptom-free in its early stages, many don't know they have the disease until they break a bone. Early diagnostic tests like Bone Mineral Density (BMD) are critical in prevention.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cost of Osteoporotic Fractures is More Than the Treatment of Heart Attack, Stroke or Breast Cancer</h3><p class='facts-content'>The financial cost associated with osteoporotic fractures often surpasses the expenses for treating other serious conditions, due to the long-term care and rehabilitation required after a fracture.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Maintaining Adequate Vitamin D Levels is Important for Bone Health</h3><p class='facts-content'>Vitamin D plays an essential role in calcium metabolism and bone health. Sun exposure is a natural source of Vitamin D, while supplements can ensure adequate levels during the winter months.</p></div></div>

World Osteoporosis Day FAQs

When is World Osteoporosis Day?

World Osteoporosis Day is celebrated on October 20 every year. In 2024, World Osteoporosis Day will fall on a Sunday.

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