The day, observed by the International Osteoporosis
Foundation (IOF), brings our attention to a common problem affecting older
women called osteoporosis
. Osteoporosis results in weakening of bones
. Though it
does not cause any symptoms by itself, it could predispose a woman to suffering
could result in disability in the old age.
There are a number of risk factors that put a woman
at a higher risk for osteoporosis. The condition is particularly common in
postmenopausal women. A family history of osteoporosis, the presence of thyroid disease
increase the risk for osteoporosis. Smoking, alcohol, lack of physical activity
and low exposure to sunlight are also other factors that can predispose to
One way to control osteoporosis
make women aware of this condition. Diagnosis can be made on the basis of
simple tests. Medications are also available to treat this condition. Since the
condition is symptomless, women realize the problems it causes only after they
suffer a fracture and have to bear its consequences.
Other ways in which osteoporosis can be delayed or
avoided is by being active and ensuring adequate nutrition. A well-maintained
weight reduces the stress
on bones and
could also delay the onset of osteoporosis.
Women are encouraged to talk about osteoporosis
only with their doctor, but also with other women whom they share a close bond
with. The International Osteoporosis
Foundation (IOF) offers a simple questionnaire on their website that can help a
person know if they suffer from any condition that could put them at a risk for
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) requests people to wear
white on October 20, 2013 to observe the day. Keep this in mind if you wish to
support the cause!