World Osteoporosis Day 20th October 2020 - Swikriti's Blog

World Osteoporosis Day 20th October 2020

Every year on 20th October World Osteoporosis Day is celebrated which marks the start of a year-long campaign to raise global awareness about the osteoporosis prevention , diagnosis and treatment and metabolic bone disease. The World Osteoporosis Day campaign is coordinated by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), and also supported by community gatherings and local campaigns by national societies of osteoporosis patients from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.  

Worldwide, an osteoporotic fracture occurs in one in three women and one in five men aged from 50 years and over. By reaching out to health professionals, the media, policy makers, patients, and the public at large, World Osteoporosis Day aims to make osteoporosis and fracture prevention a global health priority.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone condition arising when the body is losing too much bone, becoming too weak a bone, or both. As a consequence, bones become brittle and can break from a fall, or from sneezing or small bumps in extreme cases.

Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Healthy bone appears like a honeycomb when viewed under a microscope. The holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger when osteoporosis occurs than in healthy bones. Osteoporotic bones have lost mass or density and contain an irregular arrangement of tissue. They weaken and are more likely to break as bones become less dense. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider for a bone density examination if you are 50 or older and have broken a bone.

Campaign of World Osteoporosis Day 2020

This year the campaign of World Osteoporosis Day 2020 will feature- “THAT’S OSTEOPOROSIS”.

The campaign highlights the emotional impactful visual and stories of the real people who are living with Osteoporosis in all the regions of the world. The main goal of the campaign will illustrate the strong correlation between osteoporosis and broken bones, which have a significant effect in terms of pain, injuries, and loss of independence.

They often focus on “family” osteoporosis, where households frequently have the responsibility of being cared for and the disease affecting many households.

Osteoporosis-related fractures have a devastating effect on millions of people around the world, resulting in enormous socio-economic costs to society and health systems. Yet, a minority of men and women are currently seeking treatment, despite successful medical advancements to minimise fractures. Osteoporosis treatment is currently obtained by just 10 percent of older women with fractures. In 2010, some 12.3 million individuals deemed to be at high risk for osteoporotic fractures were left untreated in Europe alone.

Background

The United Kingdom ‘s National Osteoporosis Society launched World Osteoporosis Day on 20 October 1996 and supported by the European Commission. Since 1997, the International Osteoporosis Foundation has organized this awareness day campaign. The World Health Organization served as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day in 1998 and 1999. The day marks also the start of a year-long osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease awareness campaign. The campaigns have featured a particular theme since 1999.

Swikriti Dandotia

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