Osteoporosis

Our bones are living tissue that give our body structure, allow us to move and protect our organs. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thin and  lose their strength. This can lead to fractures, which cause pain and make everyday activities extremely difficult. After a hip fracture, about one-quarter of people die or never walk again. 

It’s estimated over 200 million women have osteoporosis. That’s more than the combined populations of the Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty will experience an osteoporotic fracture.

In fact, every three seconds a bone will break, somewhere in the world, because of this disease.

Many people won’t know they have osteoporosis until their first fracture, which is why it’s called the ‘silent disease’. Even after a break, it often goes untreated.

The good news is osteoporosis can be diagnosed and treated and fractures often prevented through healthy lifestyle choices and appropriate medication for those in need.
 

Our Bone Health Advocates

Ursula Andress, actress and former 'Bond Girl'

I knew very little about osteoporosis before I was diagnosed. When I found out I was shocked and refused to believe it! As far as I was concerned, osteoporosis was not for someone like me, a former Bond girl who travelled, swam, walked miles every day...I feel lucky that with the help of my doctor I can still be me, living life and doing activities that I want and expect to be able to do.

Belinda Green, Miss Australia and Miss World in 1972

I think if you are at high risk of osteoporosis, and even if you are not, you have to look at your health. Keep everything very simple. But you need to eat well, considering things like calcium, vitamin D and so on, and also you need to stay active and just keep the bones and the body moving. Life’s too good to be missing out on it. Healthy bones are the foundation to a healthy body.

Imelda Read, former member of the European Parliament and founding chair of the EP Osteoporosis Interest Group

Far too many Europeans at high risk of osteoporosis still suffer needlessly because they did not have timely diagnosis or preventive therapies.