On 20 October 2012 it’s World Osteoporosis Day, organised by International Osteoperosis Foundation (IOF) to raise awareness of this condition which causes bones to become thin and frail.
The not for profit foundation was established in 1998 to provide a global alliance for those concerned about bone health and to help those who suffer from osteoperosis.
So what is osteoporosis? The literal meaning of the word is “porous bone”, the disease causes a reduction in the density and quality of the bones, which increases the risk of fractures. Quite often a person does not realise that they have the disease until they suffer their first fracture. The most common places for the fractures are the hip, spine and wrist. And the risk of fracture increases in both men and women with age. However, osteoporosis is a treatable condition – and with lifestyle changes and medical treatment many fracture can now be avoided.
The IOF aims to improve public awareness and understanding of the condition, as well as informing individuals and health care professionals on the best treatments. They also fund clinical research to constantly try and beat osteoperosis. All donations will be used to help the IOF to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for sufferers all across the world. Why don’t you visit the official website to find our more about Osteoporosis?
If you or someone you know suffers from osteoperosis, or if you just want to get involved with this great cause then visit the website and find out what you can do this World Osteoporosis Day!
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