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World Osteoporosis Day, 20th October


October 2023 | Article | EALTHY Blog | Healthcare around the World

Osteoporosis, a condition of fragile bones, is underdiagnosed and undertreated. People at high risk of fractures remain unaware of this silent disease. The huge human and socioeconomic cost, and severe impact of fractures on a patient´s independence, is also underestimated.

World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) was first promoted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in 1996. Since then, it has grown into a global campaign. It aims to reach out to healthcare professionals, the media, policy makers, patients, and the public.

The theme of this year is the importance of Building Better Bones throughout life. The campaign focuses on good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle (reduction of alcohol intake and stopping smoking), prevention of falls and fractures. Additional themes deal with the importance of secondary fracture prevention and patient-doctor dialogue.

The IOF´s resources are intended for both patients (lay persons) and healthcare professionals and aim to share knowledge about risk factors, prevention, and management of osteoporosis. These are also suitable for classroom activities with your students: