Health Days 2019
World Osteoporosis Day

​​​Introduction:

World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), marked on October 20 each year, is designated by WHO to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, especially after the age of 50. Osteoporosis constitutes a heavy burden on individuals in the future, if not detected and treated early. Although there are very effective treatments, osteoporosis is often not diagnosed early, therefore, we must seek timely assessment and treatment to reduce the human, social, and economic burden.

Facts:
  • Osteoporosis affects one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50. 
  •  Genetics are major risk factors for osteoporosis, but lifestyles such as diet, physical activity, and sun exposure also affect bone health and development. 
  • Osteoporosis causes back pain, as a result of fractured or collapsed vertebra. It also causes loss of height over time, a stooped posture, and a bone that breaks much more easily than expected.
  • The incidence of osteoporosis in Saudi Arabia is estimated between 30 and 40%, and 60% of postmenopausal Saudi women suffer from a decrease in bone density.
  • It is important to seek examination and treatment when the risk factors for osteoporosis are available to improve the quality of life in the future and to protect from disability.
  • The most common sites of osteoporotic fracture are the hip, wrist and spine. 

Objectives:
  • Promote awareness of osteoporosis worldwide. 
  • Shed light on future consequences when diagnosis and treatment are neglected.
  • Promote healthy foods, particularly in schools, and physical activity as essential for bone health.
  • Advocate for preventive care from an early age.
  • Enable healthcare professionals and authorities to bridge the gap between community and healthcare centers.

Official Date:
Globally: October 20th, 2019.
Locally: Safar 21st, 1441H.

Target Groups:
  • Health professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health educators. 
  • Education professionals, including teachers, social workers and others.
  • School students.
  • Health decision-makers.
  • Health organizations and associations. 
  • The public.





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