World Osteoporosis Day

Left: normal bone, right: osteoporotic bone
Left: normal bone, right: osteoporotic bone

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has declared October 20, 2009 – World Osteoporosis Day.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone deceases leading to a higher incidence of fracture, particularly of the hip, wrist and spine.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation website, “one in three women over the age of 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one in five men.”

An active lifestyle, a healthy diet rich in calcium, and maintaining a healthy weight are just some of the ways to reduce your risk of developing this common condition.

Take this one-minute online test to find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis and to learn more visit the International Osteoporosis Foundation website.

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