Mary Kennedy Urges Women Over 65 to Protect their Bone Health
Mary Kennedy Irish Osteoporosis Ambassador

The Irish Osteoporosis Society reminds women that they don’t deserve a break…

 or a bone fracture this World Osteoporosis Day

TV presenter Mary Kennedy has joined forces with us at The Irish Osteoporosis Society to urge women, particularly those like Mary aged over 65, to take the health of their bones seriously. Research shows that 1 in 5 women dies within 12 months of breaking their hip. 1 She is calling on them to protect their bone health by taking a simple risk test here today. 

World Osteoporosis Day, October 20th, is a global day recognised to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, a disease that is estimated to affect 200 million people globally.[1] As health remains at the forefront of the Irish consciousness during the Covid-19 global pandemic, World Osteoporosis Day continues to highlight the importance of diagnosing and treating chronic, manageable diseases like osteoporosis.

Irish Osteoporosis Society test

I had never considered the importance of my bone health until I understood the risks, particularly to women my age. Nearly 7 out of 10 hip fractures happen to women[2] and for 1 in 5 it can be fatal¹. We are more at risk too as a result of a decrease in oestrogen after menopause which can result in bone loss. I am a huge advocate for women’s health and my bone health has now become a priority.

Osteoporosis is such a preventable disease and I feel so passionate about spreading this message to women my age across Ireland. Bone disease is often ‘silent’ until it results in a break or a facture. For many individuals, a fracture can have a devastating impact on their daily lives and result in a loss of independence. It is important to be proactive about bone disease”. commented Mary Kennedy

The Irish Osteoporosis Society has also advised that hip fractures and other similar bone fractures can be prevented. Osteoporosis, the disorder which causes bones to become fragile can often go undiagnosed. This month for World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October, the Irish Osteoporosis Society is advising women over 65 to begin their bone health journey by taking a simple risk check for the condition online.

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and easily breakable, resulting in life-changing fractures³. Those with osteoporosis can fracture a bone even after the most minor fall from standing height, or from simply sneezing, or bending to tie a shoelace[3]. For some women, bone loss happens faster than for others and some will lose 20% of their bone density during the five to seven years after menopause[4].

Founder and President of the Irish Osteoporosis Society, Professor Moira O’Brien, said “Detection of osteoporosis is crucial. Taking the osteoporosis risk test is the first step to take to determine if you are at risk. Approximately 1 in 3 women over the age of 50[5] will fracture a bone due to osteoporosis and a major cause of bone loss is when a woman’s oestrogen levels decline due to the menopause. Painful broken bones can significantly impair your daily activities and as we know can even lead to death. Taking action against this disease today could have a huge impact on your life. We believe everyone with osteoporosis should be able to live well and manage their condition in ways that best meet their needs.’

Take the risk assessment test today by clicking here.

References:

[1] Reginster JY, Burlet N. Osteoporosis: A still increasing prevalence. Bone. 2006;38 (2 Suppl 1):S4-S9

[2] Hip fracture database report 2016 http://hdl.handle.net/10147/622659 Accessed September 2020

[3] https://www.iofbonehealth.org/news/fracture-every-3-seconds-worldwidethat%E2%80%99s-osteoporosis

[4] https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/what-women-need-to-know/

[5] https://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics#:~:text=Worldwide%2C%201%20in%203%20women,%2C%20respectively%2C%20occur%20in%20women.