Osteoporosis Event Raised Awareness

Bursa Uludağ University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Lecturer Prof. Dr. Özen Öz Gül gave information to patients and employees about "20 October World Osteoporosis Day".

Öz Gül announced that "20 October World Osteoporosis Day" is commemorated every year with the aim of increasing global awareness about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases.

Stating that osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease characterized by decreased density of bone tissue and deterioration of its microstructure, with an increased risk of fracture, Öz Gül said that although osteoporosis can be seen at all ages, it is generally seen in adults and is one of the most important health problems faced by individuals in older ages.

Öz Gül stated that osteoporosis, which is common in the post-menopausal period, is not only a disease of women but also affects men. He said that it is predicted that one in every three women and one in every five men over the age of 50 will experience a fracture at some point in their life.

Emphasising that bone fractures caused by osteoporosis impair the quality of life, limit the person's mobility, and cause him to become dependent on others, Öz Gül said, "Many patients with osteoporosis are often unaware of their disease until a fracture develops after a minor fall or impact.sessiz hastalık‘’ olarak adlandırılmaktadır. Ayrıca önceki bir kırık, özellikle ilk iki yılda olmak üzere herhangi bir kırık riskinin %86 oranında artmasıyla ilişkilidir. Yani bir kırık sonraki kırık için büyük risk yaratmaktadır” diye konuştu.

Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease.

Stating that osteoporosis can be prevented with regular nutrition and exercise from childhood, Öz Gül stated that paying attention to a healthy and balanced diet, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, taking sufficient amounts of calcium, protein and vitamin D, as well as regular physical activities and spending time outdoors will also make a significant contribution to preventing this disease.