Osteoporosis

Our bones are living tissue that give our body structure, allow us to move and protect our organs. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thin and  lose their strength. This can lead to fractures, which cause pain and make everyday activities extremely difficult. After a hip fracture, about one-quarter of people die or never walk again. 

It’s estimated over 200 million women have osteoporosis. That’s more than the combined populations of the Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty will experience an osteoporotic fracture.

In fact, every three seconds a bone will break, somewhere in the world, because of this disease.

Many people won’t know they have osteoporosis until their first fracture, which is why it’s called the ‘silent disease’. Even after a break, it often goes untreated.

The good news is osteoporosis can be diagnosed and treated and fractures often prevented through healthy lifestyle choices and appropriate medication for those in need.
 

Our Bone Health Advocates

Alice Chiu, prominent philanthropist, founder and director, Sheen Hok Charitable Foundation, Hong Kong. Message on the occasion of the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, 2006

Osteoporosis will remain as a major health challenge for Asians in the decades to come. We must work with the IOF to generate resources, lobby governments, and empower women in their fight against osteoporosis.

Ana Shepherd, circus performer

Osteoporosis affects one in three women (over the age of 50) – that’s more than get breast cancer. You don’t have to join a circus to get the exercise you need – that’s the good news – just dance, move around, play sports – your bones will appreciate it. “Move it or Lose it”.

Olivieri Toscani, Italian photographer, speaking about his photographic exhibition "Osteoporosis: A Photographic Vision"

By photographing people in black and white, without the camouflage of clothing or props, viewers can better understand the true nature of osteoporosis. I believe knowledge is the basis of osteoporosis education. The people in this exhibition have shown a large amount of generosity by revealing their physical situation in this way. Through the visual effect of the exhibition they will help other people to find out if they are also exposed to the risk.