October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20. „ World Osteoporosis Day” was launched on 20 October 1996, by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society and supported by the European Commission.

According to World Health Statistics, in the world there are about 200 million osteoporotic patients. It has been calculated that in every 30 seconds a person suffers from an osteoporotic bone fracture.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, and as a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall. Although we do not see or feel how bones can become thinner, if you feel back pain or notice the height loosing, you should know that these are an important signs of osteoporosis.

Many specialists have discovered that the risk factors that encourage the development of osteoporosis are smoking, lack of calcium and exercise. They also warned people not to follow any course of treatment without consulting a doctor.

Osteoporosis can successfully be treated and prevented. If the disease is diagnosed in an early stage, the intervention will be more efficient. It's better to treat osteoporosis before the first fracture appears, as a first fracture can initiate the emergence of others.

To prevent osteoporosis you must:

• Make sure that you have your daily calcium dose, that is 800 mg for men and up to 1,200 mg for women. In the winter you can get vitamin D by including in meal the following foods: milk, eggs, oily fish, oranges and other fruits.

It is also very important to:

• Take some calcium and vitamin D supplements for the people who have risk factors for osteoporosis;

• Have minimum sunlight exposure (up to 15 minutes per day);

• Exercise your bones. It is recommended to do low-weights exercise, stretching and useful to spead up your usual activities such as walking, stairs climbing or dancing etc. Also having long walks, morning shower and dry robbing will improve the microcirculation;

• Avoid active and passive smoking;

• Watch your body weight (the correlation your body height and body weight);

• Do your annual bone density testing;

Day dedicated to osteoporosis started a long campaign dedicated to raising awareness worldwide of what this disease, how it can be prevented, diagnosed and treatment is appropriate.