World Osteoporosis Day Quick Facts
|World Osteoporosis Day ()
|20 October 1996
|National Osteoporosis Society of the United Kingdom
World Osteoporosis Day Brief
October 20 is celebrated all over the world as 'World Osteoporosis Day'. This day is celebrated with the aim of raising awareness for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Osteoporosis. The day is organized by Switzerland-based International Osteoporosis Foundation.
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What is Osteoporosis or what is it called?
- Osteoporosis or osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that increases the risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is characterized by the deterioration of bone tissue.
- In this disease, the bones become fragile and weak, resulting in an increased risk of fractures of the spine, especially the hip and wrist.
- Women are at a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis than men mainly after the age of 50.
- For the prevention of this disease, a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D rich foods such as milk, curd and green leafy vegetables should be consumed.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis develops very slowly over a period of several years. In the beginning, the condition progresses slowly, without any visible symptoms on the patient - it can take several months to several years to reach a noticeable state. The early signs of osteoporosis are:-
- Joint pain.
- Difficulty standing.
- Difficulty sitting upright: The tilted body position often seen in older people is a direct sign of possible osteoporosis
As a person's bone density or bone mass steadily decreases, fractures in the bones of the hip, wrist, or spine become more common. Even a cough or sneeze can fracture a rib or partially destroy a bone in the spine.
Osteoporosis does not cause any specific pain or symptoms. However, it increases the risks of fractures arising from severe or weakness.
The main causes of the origin of osteoporosis:
Age is the most common cause of osteoporosis. The older you get, the more likely you are to have bone loss, especially if you don't get enough calcium. Osteoporosis can be caused by diseases or other causes, such as:
- Hormonal problems.
- Nutrient diet.
- Certain types of medicines.
- Excessive smoking or drinking.