About World Osteoporosis Day
Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. 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.
Up to 70% of vertebral fractures are undiagnosed
See your doctor if you have height loss, stooped back or sudden back pain
World Osteoporosis Day was launched in 1996 by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and was supported by the European Commission.
Since 1997, the awareness day has been organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation. In 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization acted as co-sponsor of World Osteoporosis Day.Find out more