Every year on October 20, the world comes together to celebrate World Osteoporosis Day, a global health observance marked by a variety of awareness campaigns and events.
The goal is clear: to promote early detection, effective treatment, and preventative strategies for strong bones. These campaigns highlight the importance of actively protecting bone health to avoid the potential risks and complications associated with osteoporosis in the future.
This is the day when everyone talks about taking care of our bones. We learn about things like eating healthy, moving our bodies, and making decisions that will keep our bones strong. This is a special day that reminds us how important our bones are and how we can keep them healthy.
It is important that people take care of their bone health by engaging in activities such as eating a nutritious, bone-strengthening diet, taking adequate amounts of vitamin D, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol, and engaging in regular muscle-strengthening activities.
Globally, approximately one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years suffer from osteoporotic fractures. Older women in particular face a higher risk, with a noticeable decline in bone density occurring 5 to 7 years after menopause. Osteoporosis is a significant contributor to pain and long-term disability in older adults. Unfortunately,
For various reasons, including those related to lack of public awareness, only 20% of patients with osteoporosis receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
To prevent future bone health complications, World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), supported by concerned organizations and individuals around the world, raises awareness and encourages early diagnosis and bone density checks. Adopting lifestyle choices and maintaining healthy eating habits can play a critical role in ensuring strong bones and preventing long-term osteoporosis.
Prepared by 431 group, Faculty of General Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, SMU, NCJSC