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World Osteoporosis Day 20th October 2018

Saturday 20th October 2018 is World Osteoporosis Day

Osteoporosis is a common disease affecting over 1 million Australians. Osteoporosis can lead to fractures

Facts about Osteoporosis:

  • 1 fracture occurs every 3 seconds worldwide
  • By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and by 240% in women.
  • Osteoporosis accounts for more days in the hospital than breastcancer, heart attack, diabetes & other diseases.
  • Loss of independence after a hip fracture, approximately 60% require assistance a year later and 20% will require long-term nursing care.
  • If you’ve suffered 1 fracture you’re twice at risk for another.
  • Aged 50+ 1/3 women 1/5 men: will suffer an osteoporotic fracture worldwide.
  • A prior fracture is associated with an 86% increased risk of any fracture.
  • 1 in 5 women with a spinal fracture will suffer another one within one year.
  • 80% of people who have had at least one osteoporotic fracture are neither identified nor treated for osteoporosis.
  • In men, the risk of fracture is up to 27% higher than the risk of prostate cancer.

To self-assess your bone health now, go to https://www.knowyourbones.org.au/

To find out more about Osteoporosis, how it's diagnosed, and how to prevent it, click here

Protect your future! If you’re at risk, talk to your GP about diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis!