World Osteoporosis Day 2022 is observed every year on 20 October to raise global awareness about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis.
World Osteoporosis Day 2022 aims to create a positive impact to create awareness about bone health for preventing fractures. This is done by reaching out to millions of healthcare professionals, patients, and the public at large. It is important to highlight the issue of osteoporosis to create a positive impact on bone health issues with the stories of people living with it globally.
World Osteoporosis Day 2022 History
World Osteoporosis Day 2022 was first initiated by the National Osteoporosis Society of the United Kingdom on 20 October 1996 and endorsed by the European Commission. This awareness day started being organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation from the year 1997. The day is also known for launching a year-long campaign to raise awareness about osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. After that, every year from the year 1999, "World Osteoporosis Day" was celebrated under a special theme.
World Osteoporosis Day 2022 Theme
This year's theme for Osteoporosis is “Step Up For Bone Health.” It is important to note that bone health is essential in all stages of life and should be given top priority.
What happens in osteoporosis?
Bones become weak and soft in a condition called osteoporosis. They are fragile and easily prone to features and bone pains. Even a minor fall, sneeze, bump, or sudden jerk may cause a fracture of the bones.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Many patients often show no signs and symptoms of osteoporosis until the first fracture occurs. This is often called a “Silent Disease.”
Importance of Bone Health - Vitamin D and Calcium is necessary to keep bones strong
Bones become weak in osteoporosis. Its density and mass are greatly reduced. However, these lost bone density and mass can be regained provided you include calcium in your diet in high amounts. For this, you should include calcium-rich foods for healthy bones in the diet. Consume green leafy vegetables, whole grains, milk, yogurt, and other beverages which are good sources of calcium every day. Along with this, the consumption of sesame seeds also has a positive effect on the bones.
It must be noted for patients dealing with osteoporosis that vitamin D is very important for the absorption of calcium. Many people globally have low levels of vitamin D which generally goes unnoticed. A regular checkup of Vitamin D and Calcium levels is very essential for maintaining healthy bones. Adequate levels of Vitamin D can help in keeping bone issues and other complications at bay.