October 21, 2011

World Osteoporosis Day - Italy

World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on 20 October, and launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease

Italy is one of the 90 countries where activities and events are organized to rise awareness among people at risk. Many major hospitals and university medical dept. open their ambulatories for free or reduced-price consultations, tests and other forms of medical advice.

For example we can list: Ospedale Molinette di Torino

Risk factors for bone fractures linked to osteoporosis include:

  • Early or surgical menopouse

  • Low density bone pick due to anorexia in young age

  • Cigarette smoke

  • Use of Cortison drugs for at least 6 months

It is true that women are more exposed to risks of bone fractures but it is also true that severe osteoporosis is observed in men as well.

Eating well, ensuring sufficient vitamin D and staying physically active are two essential components of a healthy lifestyle. These are also the pillars of osteoporosis prevention at all stages of life

A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for World Osteoporosis Day puts the spotlight on the severe impact of spinal fractures and calls on health professionals to recognize the signs of these fractures in their patients.

Vit D Fact Sheet

Calcium Fact Sheet

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