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World Osteoporosis Day

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World Osteoporosis Day is observed every year October 20th to raise awareness about the diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis and it is organized by International Osteoporosis Foundation since 1997. On this day campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies is being conducted worldwide in over 90 countries.

The theme for World Osteoporosis Day 2014 is “Strong Backbone For Better Life“.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterized by the reduced bone mineral density and bone mass. This condition eventually leads to higher risk of fracture.  It is reported that about 2 million fractures occur each year due to osteoporosis. The common symptoms of the disorder are neck pain, spine pain and lower back pain.

Osteoporosis is most commonly seen in post-menopausal women. One in two post-menopausal women have osteoporosis. However bone demineralization may start as early as the late 30s if calcium and vitamin D intakes are insufficient. Lack of physical activity is another risk factor for osteoporosis.