Saturday, October 20, 2012

World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day was launched on 20th October 1996 by the U.K. National Osteoporosis Society. It is observed annually and the campaign is dedicated to raising global awareness in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

What is osteoporosis?

It is a disease of the bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. There are various types and you can read more about it on Osteoporosis Wikipedia page.

Prevention is better than cure. Methods to prevent osteoporosis include changes in lifestyle, nutrition and even medication.

Limit tobacco smoking and unsafe alcohol intake. Exercise while you can like jogging, walking,or stair-climbing. 

Calcium and Vitamin D supplements are also recommended to prevent osteoporosis. So drink your milk daily.

World Osteoporosis Day march in Brazil
World Osteoporosis Day march in Brazil
By Inyon011 (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

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