Living with Osteoporosis

Living with osteoporosis doesn’t have to be a life sentence. There are medications and lifestyle changes available to help you manage your osteoporosis. These can allow you to enjoy an active lifestyle. 

If you feel like you are alone with your osteoporosis, rest assured there are many people going through the same ups and downs you are. You can also contact your local osteoporosis society for support. Read about the experiences of people with osteoporosis from all over the world. 

View frequently asked questions and general questions related to osteoporosis which we have received from around the world.

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Our Bone Health Advocates

Pilin Leon, Miss Venezuela and Miss World in 1981

I have several people in my family who have osteoporosis. I think that women have to take more responsibility about their bones. More women get osteoporosis than breast cancer. When I was competing at Miss Venezuela and Miss World, I used to love to run, play basket ball, volley ball. My advice is move it, or lose it! Muévelo o piérdelo!

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director general, World Health Organization, in an exclusive interview given to IOF, January 1999

Twenty-five years ago, the world's leading experts in cardiovascular diseases warned of an impending epidemic of heart disease in developing countries. This warning was largely ignored and we are now seeing a dramatic increase in prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the developing world. We must not allow the same thing to happen for osteoporosis. We must act now.

Barbara Windsor, actress, Patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, UK

People are needlessly experiencing pain, fractures and even death due to osteoporosis, a disease that could be treated if people were more aware of the risk factors and symptoms. Osteoporosis is a terrible and debilitating condition, which millions of people are affected by. I encourage women to take control by doing the One Minute Risk Test.