World Osteoporosis Day October 20, 2022 – Theme, Importance, History & Bone Health Tips :
World osteoporosis day is a global healthcare event observed every year on October 20, followed by various awareness campaigns and activities to promote the early diagnosis of osteoporosis, its treatment, and preventive tips for strong bones. The movements mainly encourage people to take preventative measures for bone health to avoid the risk of osteoporosis and associated complications in the Future.
Importance of World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)
Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones become very weak and brittle. Usually, it doesn’t show any symptoms unless the fracture happens. In the case of osteoporosis, the bone becomes so fragile that a fracture can occur with a minor fall, bump, or sudden movement. The chances of osteoporosis prevail more with aging. It is one of the most common causes of fractures in the elderly. Because of the asymptomatic nature of this bone disorder, it is essential to look after bone health to prevent complications related to bone fractures.
It is estimated that globally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men aged 50 years suffer from an osteoporotic fracture, making it one of the leading causes of deadly pain and long-term disability in aging people. Also, because of the poor healthcare infrastructure, facility, accessibility, and lack of awareness, only 20% of patients with osteoporosis are getting diagnosed or treated.
The prevalence of osteoporosis in the elderly female has been noticed more; after 5-7 years of menopause, they tend to lose their bone density by 20%. To avoid any future complications in bone health, world osteoporosis day (WOD), with the help of concerned organizations and people around the world, creates awareness and encourages people to get an early diagnosis and check for bone density and act accordingly. A particular lifestyle and healthy food habits can help ensure healthy bones and prevent prolonged osteoporosis.
World Osteoporosis Day 2022 Theme
This year 2022, the World Osteoporosis Day theme is “Step Up For Bone Health,” intending to encourage people around the world to check for bone density and bone health status regularly (especially people above 50) and inculcate healthy lifestyle to strengthen the bone health.
The theme “Step Up For Bone Health” appeals the global healthcare organizations and policymakers to create better opportunities and accessible facilities for everyone to avail of timely diagnosis and treatment to prevent torments of osteoporosis and its complications.
History of World Osteoporosis Day (WOD)
The first occurrence of World Osteoporosis Day was noticed on October 20, 1996, held by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society with the collaboration of the European Commission. Later, in 1997 International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) organized World Osteoporosis Day (WOD).
Since its inception, Various organizations have supported the day, and in 1998 and 1999, the World Health Organization co-sponsored the day intending to promote awareness of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. In 1999, World Osteoporosis Day was witnessed with a specific theme for the first time, and the theme for 1999 was “Early Detection.”
5 Tips for Bone Health and Fracture-Free Future
- Regular Exercise: ensure the daily practice of the movement of bones and muscles; for that, weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening, and balance-training exercises are best.
- Nutrition: ensure to consume diets rich in bone health nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and protein-rich food. Also, take daily sunbath for vitamin D, which helps better the assimilation of calcium in the body.
- Lifestyle: forbid toxic and negative lifestyles, avoid a sedentary lifestyle, consume healthy & balanced food to maintain proper BMI, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
- Risk Factors: be attentive, attend educational campaigns, and be aware of osteoporosis and its signs and symptoms to take quick initiatives to prevent complications.
- Testing & Treatment: In case of any doubt or risk factors, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion from the doctor and get an early diagnosis and treatment.