My mother has osteoporosis and every day I feel her pain - she suffers terribly and I just wish that her doctors had told her about osteoporosis risk factors before she started breaking her bones. I now realize that osteoporosis also strikes men - and because I have a family history of osteoporosis I intend to learn more about this disease and get myself checked before it gets to me.
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The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a registered not-for-profit, non-governmental foundation based in Switzerland. IOF has been granted Roster Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
IOF functions as a global alliance of patient societies, research organizations, healthcare professionals and international companies working to promote bone, muscle and joint health.
We do this by:
- Empowering people to take action to prevent, diagnose and treat bone, muscle and joint disorders
- Campaigning for policy change to make bone, muscle and joint disorders a healthcare priority
- Assisting healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care to people with bone, muscle and joint disorders
- Supporting national osteoporosis societies to maximize their effectiveness in promoting bone, muscle and joint health
The IOF vision is a world in which people of all ages benefit from good bone, muscle and joint health, free of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis.