Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease affecting many millions of people around the world. It causes bones to become thin and frail which can lead to chronic pain, impaired mobility, and disability that may negatively affect one’s quality of life.
The literal meaning of Osteoporosis is “porous bone”. It causes a decline in the quality and density of the bones, which raises the risk of fractures. Unfortunately, it is difficult to detect the disease and many people do not realize they are suffering from this condition until they experience their first fracture. That’s correct. Osteoporosis may not have symptoms in the early stages.
Symptoms Related to Weakened Bones
Many sufferers may experience the symptoms of Osteoporosis as it progresses, mostly associated to frail and weak bones such as:
- Curved/stooped posture.
- Loss of height.
- Back pains.
- A hunched upper back (dowager’s hump).
- Fractures in the wrist, hip and spine that may happen with a slight injury.
Osteoporosis sufferers who were once happy and independent would often require lifelong nursing care. Generally, a huge responsibility for physical care, emotional support and financial duties y falls to family members. Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a disease that may take a toll on the sufferer’s and their dear ones’ physical, emotional and financial welfare.
Despite the fact that more and more people globally have been afflicted by Osteoporosis, this chronic disease and its consequences are alarmingly nowhere near the top priorities of the government’s health care this shocking truth not only goes to developing countries but even for first-world countries like Europe.
Organizing an ‘Unbreakable Embrace’ for Osteoporosis Awareness
As a result, the World Osteoporosis Day was introduced on October 20 1996 by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is just one of the organizations raising a significant level of awareness on the prevention, diagnosis and treatments to Osteoporosis since 1997.
World Osteoporosis Day 2013
The World Osteoporosis Day is observed every 20th of October each year. Many national osteoporosis patient societies from different parts of the world have been doing a year long global awareness campaign in over 90 countries.
Apart from increasing public awareness regarding the disease, IOF has also funded clinical research to find cures and beat osteoporosis. After all, it is a treatable condition and by embracing an active lifestyle, embracing calcium-rich foods, and by loving your bones, many fractures can now be avoided.
Today, the IOF together with other concerned organizations and individuals urge you to help make a difference today. IOF accepts monetary donations and all the funds raised throughout the campaign will help benefit the osteoporosis sufferers worldwide. Get involved this World Osteoporosis Day! Visit the IOF’s website and find out how you can help spread the word!