On 20 October, the globe will celebrate World Osteoporosis Day and calls on everyone to love their bones and protect their future. Affecting nearly 33% of women and 25% of men, Osteoporosis is an underdiagnosed and undertreated silent disease.

Being the only non-profit, voluntary health organisation dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health in South Africa, the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA), is dedicated to increasing awareness of Osteoporosis.

Key messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2018

  • Osteoporosis is the hidden, underlying cause of painful, debilitating and life-threatening fractures.
  • The most common of osteoporotic fractures are spine (vertebral) fractures, a major cause of pain, disability and loss of quality of life.
  • Up to 70% of spine fractures remain undiagnosed, leaving sufferers unprotected against the high risk of more fractures.
  • Back pain, height-loss and stooped back are all possible signs of spine fractures – ask for testing and treatment!
  • A family history of osteoporosis and broken bones is a sign that you too may be at higher risk
  • Advocate! Sign theIOF Global Patient Charter and join us in calling on healthcare providers to close the massive ‘care gap’.
  • Osteoporosis is a growing global problem that respects no boundaries: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.


Says Teréza Hough, CEO of NOFSA, “Osteoporosis is a serious condition caused by the thinning of bones and can lead to bone fractures.  There is a serious misconception that Osteoporosis is a normal part of aging. Although it is mostly age-related, it is not exclusive to the senior population, and more importantly, it can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition from an early age. We need to create good eating habits that will not only influence our health in years to come but also those of our children.”

You can celebrate World Osteoporosis Day by wearing white on the 20th of October.  Celebrate good bone health by ensuring that you and your family follow a balanced diet every day and where necessary, take supplements to boost your physical wellbeing, not only for today but for many years in the future, and not only for yourself but for generations to come.

Please help NOFSA make a loud noise about this Silent Disease by making a donation! Visit www.osteoporosis.org.za/contact-us/donate/

Follow the conversation on social media @OsteoporosisSA and join in by using #LoveYourBones.