Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation every year on Oct. 20, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in more than 90 countries. It aims to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men 50 years and older will suffer an osteoporotic fracture, according to the IOF. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily — even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.
The good news is that osteoporosis and the fractures it can lead to can be prevented if you take action early. Click here to take a one-minute risk assessment test. Then check out the following infographic to learn how you can build strong bones and avoid osteoporotic fractures.
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