This month, Osteoporosis New Zealand (ONZ) is supporting the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) Awareness Campaign. Under its theme of Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future, WOD 2016 calls upon the general public to take early action to protect their bone and muscle health, and for health authorities and physicians to protect their communities’ bone health. This year’s campaign focuses on opportunities to improve case finding of individuals who are at high risk of suffering fragility fractures. These include:
- People who have experienced a fragility fracture since their 50th birthday
- People taking certain types of medicines to control other medical conditions
- People who are living with certain diseases
Help ONZ to spread this important message by downloading the following resources and sharing them with your friends and colleagues.
A number of medicines which play a critical role in managing other diseases can have a negative effect on bone health. Common examples include corticosteroids such as prednisone or dexamethasone used to treat diseases of immunity or inflammation, and some treatments for breast or prostate cancer.
People living with certain other diseases should also think about their bone health as these can be associated with bone loss and fracture risk e.g. Diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coeliac and Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Do you know your Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Complete the Bone Health Risk Test and take this to your doctor or healthcare provider, ask for a bone heath assessment.
If you are over the age of 50 and you have one or more risk factors you should discuss these with your doctor and ask for an assessment of your bone health status. Lifestyle changes may be recommended and, for those at high risk, medication may be prescribed for optimal protection against fractures.
World Osteoporosis Day Report
October 5th 2016
IOF will issue a thematic report addressing these current care gaps, together with recommendations for global improvements.
October 20th 2016
This is World Osteoporosis Day and events will be happening all around New Zealand and the world.
International Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) have launched this great video as part of their World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) Awareness Campaign.
The ‘Love Your Bones – Protect your Future’ World Osteoporosis Day video shows the burden of osteoporosis and calls on individuals to take five steps to for prevention. Early action for prevention of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis promotes healthy mobility and an independent future at older age.
Watch and share with your friends and family