ARE YOUR BONES AT RISK FROM OSTEOPOROSIS?

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Osteoporosis is a common condition that makes your bones weak.
    As you get older, changes in hormone levels cause your bones to lose minerals. The first stage is of bone loss is called osteopenia which means that your bones are not as strong as they should be. Your bones start to break down more quickly than your body can rebuild them.  And over time they lose strength and structure.2,3
  • If you have osteoporosis, your bones can break more easily even from a minor fall, a bump or a sneeze.4
  • Broken bones can happen to you.
    1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men aged over 50 will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis.1
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NORMAL BONE

NORMAL BONE DENSITY

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OSTEOPOROTIC BONE

LOW BONE DENSITY

  • Bone is a living tissue that gives your body structure. It is continually being rebuilt and replaced throughout your life.3
  • If you have osteoporosis, your bones break down faster than your body can rebuild them. This causes them to become fragile and are more likely to break, even from a slight bump or fall.5–7
Images reproduced with permission from David Dempster.

BE AWARE OF YOUR RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis is known as the ‘silent disease’ because for many, a broken bone is the first sign.2

These risks factors all contribute to your bone health and your risk of getting osteoporosis:4

RESOURCES

Access these great resources to learn more.

References

1 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Facts and statistics. www.iofbonehealth.org

2 Osteoporosis Australia. What you need to know about Osteoporosis. Consumer guide. 2017. www.osteoporosis.org.au

3 National Osteoporosis Foundation. Healthy bones for life  Patient’s guide. 2014. www.nof.org

4 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Love your bones: Protect your future. 2016. www.iofbonehealth.org

5 International Osteoporosis Foundation. Capture the Fracture: A global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle. 2012. www.iofbonehealth.org

6 National Osteoporosis Foundation. What is osteoporosis and what causes it? www.nof.org

7 International Osteoporosis Foundation. FRAX® Identifying people at high risk of fracture. 2009. www.iofbonehealth.org