Osteoporosis facts and you
When I heard the news that I had osteoporosis, my only guide was my mum who already had it. We’d undertaken some research when she first learned her news some nine years earlier. I wondered how had things changed, unfortunetly I didn’t retain the stats from then, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we raise awareness so that our friends can understand about it and start to think about how they can heal their bones naturally or even (we hope) prevent this dis-ease happening to them.
Osteoporosis is called a silent dis-ease because you cannot see inside your body and often do not know that you have it until you fracture, as I did. Read my story.
Some of the facts about osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90. https://www.iofbonehealth.org/references-facts-and-statistics#ref_240
In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer. https://www.iofbonehealth.org/references-facts-and-statistics#ref_11
The great majority of individuals at high risk (possibly 80%), who have already had at least one osteoporotic fracture, are neither identified nor treated. https://www.iofbonehealth.org/references-facts-and-statistics#ref_86
Musculoskeletal conditions are the second largest contributor to disability worldwide, with low back pain being the single leading cause of disability globally. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/musculoskeletal/en/
In total in the EU, it is estimated that, out of the 18.4 million women that exceed the risk level in 2010, 10.6 million were untreated. http://ard.bmj.com/content/76/Suppl_2/29.3
Osteoporosis is not just a menopausal women’s disease it can affect men and younger people. https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/guide/types-of-osteoporosis#1
A report published in 2017 states that the ‘global osteoporosis drugs market size was accounted for USD 11.5 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3% over the forecast period (2025).’ For the sceptics reading this, it makes you wonder why we do not hear more about natural treatments.
What do these osteoporosis facts mean to you?
‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’ Mark Twain
You could be at risk and don’t even know it, find out what the risk factors are. They way I look at osteoporosis is that it creeps up through your life. I see that constant stress, poor lifestyle (think party animal), inflammation, dehydration, medications, intolerances, menopause, for example, rob the bones of vital minerals and create an imbalance in your body and life.
- When you have looked at the risk factors, done a review of your life and where you are now, go to your doctor and ask for blood tests and a bone density test
- Look at your diet and lifestyle and consider how to improve it so that you can create strong healthy bones (more on this to come)
- Read books about healing osteoporosis naturally
- Talk to family and friends who are healing their osteoporosis naturally (you can also talk to me)
- Fully understand the risks that drugs pose (remember there may be occasions where you will need to take these drugs – do so with your eyes open)