October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day, a day to raise awareness about the disease and how to diagnose and treat it properly. Osteoporosis is a serious public health problem that affects around 200 million people worldwide by decreasing bone strength and density.
World Osteoporosis Day is the final day of a series of events organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). The IOF is actively involved in educating the public about the disease, which can make bones weak and brittle and lead to fractures, pain and other health issues.
Prior to 1994, osteoporosis was not considered a major problem, but in 1998, two organizations dedicated to educating the public about osteoporosis joined forces to create the IOF.
- In 1996, the first World Osteoporosis Day was held on October 20.
- In 2013, the IOF launched the “Capture the Fracture” campaign to prevent secondary fractures.
- In 2014, the IOF went digital with the release of electronic newsletters.
How to take part
On this day, people can show their support for World Osteoporosis Day by wearing all white, visiting the hospital for a bone density test, learning about the risks of osteoporosis, talking to others about it, and promoting it on social media. Additionally, people can help protect their bones by eating a healthy diet, taking vitamins and exercising regularly.
When is World Osteoporosis Day celebrated in 2023?
World Osteoporosis Day is observed on October 20 each year.