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World Osteoporosis Day 20 October 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011
 Because I am over 50 and a post menopausal woman this is an important subject for me. Keep on track, get checked, down break your back!

On 20 October 2011 it's World Osteoporosis Day, organised by International Osteoperosis Foundation (IOF) to raise awareness of this condition which causes bones to become thin and frail.

Did you know:
Every 20 seconds someone in the United States breaks a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
20-25% of Caucasian women and men over 50 years have a prevalent vertebral fracture.
10 million Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis.
One in five women with a vertebral fracture will sustain another one within twelve months.
Clinical vertebral fractures are associated with an 8-fold increase in mortality, which is similar to the increase in mortality seen following hip fractures.

What can you do:

If you are a over the age of 40, take the one-minute online risk test created by the International Osteoporosis Foundation to see if you are at risk.

Watch for signs of possible verterbral fractures including:
Have you lost height? (more than 3cm/just over one inch)?
Have you recently had sudden, severe back pain?
Have you noticed an increased stoop in your back?

Learn more at the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation



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