An osteoporotic fracture occurs somewhere in the world every 3 seconds.1 Just by being female and aged over 50 – you are at risk of developing osteoporosis and breaking a bone. But it’s surprising how many people think that osteoporosis is a disease that will happen to someone else. It won’t happen to me, will it?
A National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) survey of postmenopausal women in 2017 found that:2
And every broken bone affects your health and quality of life. They can cause pain, loss of mobility and reduced independence. You may not be able to take care of yourself or do many of the things you take for granted when you have osteoporosis.4,5
If you answered YES to any of the above risk factors, you could be at risk of osteoporosis and broken bones. But there are many more. Click here to learn more about the risk factors for broken bones and osteoporosis.
Sadly, the first time many people think about osteoporosis is after their first broken bone.
1 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Love your bones: Protect your future. 2016. osteoporosis.foundation/educational-hub/material/brochures
2 Healthy Bones Australia. Osteoporosis treatment and bone health. healthybonesaustralia.org.au.
3 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Treatment. osteoporosis.foundation/patients/treatment
4 Liu J, et al. Osteoporos Int 2018;29:2409–17.
5 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Calcium. osteoporosis.foundation/patients/prevention/calcium.
6 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Vitamin D. osteoporosis.foundation/patients/prevention/vitamin-d.
7 Healthy Bones Australia. Exercise and bone health. healthybonesaustralia.org.au.