As October 20th of every year marks the World Osteoporosis Day, it is an opportunity for all men and women leaders around the world to reinvigorate and renew our commitment to increasing public awareness about the importance of early detection of osteoporosis and to honor both survivors and those who have dedicated their lives to preventing this bone disease.
Today, more than 28 million Americans are at risk for osteoporosis, and more than 10 million already have been diagnosed with this bone-degenerating disease. Women make up an astounding 80 percent of those who are affected by osteoporosis. Though most people associate osteoporosis with older people, the disease strikes young and old alike. But osteoporosis does become much more common as you age -- affecting one in two women over age 50.
This day of World Osteoporosis Day is an important opportunity to focus attention on bone health not only for women but for everyone. We all know a healthy diet is central to general well-being, but when it comes to our bones we have to consider calcium, vitamin D and protein, as well as including exercise.
As the President and Founder of We Care for Humanity, and at the same time a fitness, wellness and healthy living advocate, let me enjoin everyone to remind our world leaders for new directions that renew our commitment to fighting osteoporosis by increasing funding levels for research and for osteoporosis and bone strengthening programs. We must also continue to educate and inform everyone about the importance of knowing that after one hits the age of 30, the bone mass begins to decline. Trabecular bone is typically the first to lose critical density, and as one gets older, cortical bone mass also declines, but at a slower pace.
As we commemorate the World Osteoporosis Day today, I join everyone in remembering our family members and friends who have lost their lives to Osteoporosis disease and salute the more than millions of osteoporosis survivors around the world, and the efforts of survivors, volunteers, and professionals who work to combat this disease each day. Have a stronger bone everyone!
Princess Dato’Seri Maria Amor Torres DK1, DD