There is indeed one thing I have learnt – that an accurate diagnosis, which is relatively simple, can save women from a lot of suffering, fractures and emotional damage.
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.
Our Bone Health Advocates
I am pleased to express support and commitment from the EU Commission to the millions of people suffering from osteoporosis and their families all over the world.
Girls often ask what makes someone beautiful. For me, a big part of beauty is being physically fit, healthy, and taking pride in your body and also in your personal values. Don’t let others tell you what you should look like and how you should behave. Don’t be a slave to fashion. My advice is respect yourself, respect your body, and that includes looking after your bones.