NYON, Switzerland, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - On World Osteoporosis Day,
October 20, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is calling
for women to take action now to protect their bone health. Broken bones
due to osteoporosis often result in pain, immobility and loss of
quality of life as well as early death. In women over 45 years of age,
osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other
diseases, including diabetes, heart attack or breast cancer. The good
news is that by knowing their risk early, women can take action to
prevent and control osteoporosis.
Worldwide, an estimated 200 million women are affected by osteoporosis -
a disease that causes bones to become weak and easily prone to
fractures - and with an increasingly ageing population this number is
set to rise dramatically. Unless something is done, future generations
may live longer but their quality of life will be seriously
compromised. Although women of any age may be at risk, at menopause
women are especially vulnerable as they experience rapid bone loss.
Professor John A. Kanis, President, IOF, said, "Osteoporosis is a
serious threat to women's health - worldwide one in three women over
the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis. Yet too
many women are unaware of their increased risk after menopause and fail
to take preventive measures."
IOF recommends five essential strategies to help maintain bone and
muscle strength in later life:
Exercise 30-40 minutes, three to four times per week and ensure a mix of
resistance training and weight-bearing exercise. As you age resistance
training (e.g. using elastic bands, weight machines) becomes
Ensure a bone-healthy diet that includes enough dietary calcium and
protein, with enough fruits and vegetables to balance the increased
need for protein. Make sure you're getting enough vitamin D too -
through sunlight, diet, and supplementation if required.
Avoid negative habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol intake and
maintain a healthy body weight. Women who are underweight are at higher
risk compared to those with a normal body mass index.
Find out whether you may have personal factors that increase your risk
of osteoporosis. Common risk factors include early menopause before the
age of 45, use of glucocorticoids, rheumatoid arthritis, malabsorption
disorders (e.g. celiac or Crohn's disease), previous fragility
fracture, or a family history of osteoporosis and fractures. An online
risk test is available on the IOF website at http://www.iofbonehealth.org
Menopause is the critical time to get your doctor to assess your bone
health status. Ask for a fracture risk assessment (e.g. FRAX) and, if
indicated, take a bone mineral density test. If treatment is prescribed
ensure that you adhere to your therapy.
"Women are the pillars of strength for their families and communities. I
urge all women approaching the menopause to take action for bone health
now in order to enjoy good quality of life and independence long into
the future," said Judy Stenmark, CEO, IOF.
Access the media kit at http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org/media-centre
About World Osteoporosis Day
Observed annually on October 20, World Osteoporosis Day is led by IOF
and dedicated to raising global awareness of osteoporosis and related
musculoskeletal diseases. Join the new campaign to recognize strong
women - nominate a 'Woman of Steel' and show your support by wearing
white on World Osteoporosis Day. http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org;
Sponsored in 2013 by unrestricted educational grants from Fonterra,
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Amgen/GSK, Lilly
SOURCE: International Osteoporosis Foundation
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