Every year, 2 million bone breaks occur due to osteoporosis. Most people who break a bone are treated in the emergency room or at an urgent care facility. And life goes on. But the fact is, men and women as young as 50 may have osteoporosis and not even know it. Yet only 2 in 10 older women who break a bone due to osteoporosis are treated or receive a simple test for osteoporosis.
If we let osteoporosis keep hiding, we’re giving it a chance to break us bone by bone.
If you or someone you care about breaks a bone after age 50, ask your healthcare professional for an osteoporosis test. It’s the most important step you can take to keep your bones healthy and strong for as long as possible.
More than 40 million people either live with or are at risk for developing osteoporosis. Yet most people never think about this disease. Help us spread the word. Share our video with your friends and family, and keep the following facts in mind:
The 2Million2Many campaign is pleased to be collaborating with Fit to a T, a public education program on bone health and osteoporosis offered by NBHA member the US Bone and Joint Initiative at no cost, which includes a ready-made presentation and handouts. More than 450 sessions have been held nationwide, at public libraries, community centers, in the workplace, at medical and senior centers. For further information, visit www.fit2t.org, or call Shari Maier at 847-430-5054.
One of the problems with osteoporosis-related fractures is that often neither the patient or the healthcare professional seeks to follow up with an osteoporosis test. You can help inform fracture patients of the need to get tested with the materials you’ll find on the resources page.