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World Osteoporosis Day: love your bones

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    Did you know that around one in three women and one in twelve men over the age of fifty worldwide are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture?

    World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, organised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) with campaigns in more than 90 countries. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones in which the bone mineral density is reduced and bone "micro-architecture" is disrupted. This can lead to fractures in the spine, hip and wrist.

    Collapsed vertebrae can cause back pain, a hunched forward or bent stature, loss of height, and limited mobility. In men, fragility fractures of ribs are also common.

    At UCB, we are committed to broadening the range of therapies for osteoporosis, which can lead to recurrent bone fractures and severe, life-changing disability.

    This year, campaigners are focusing on preserving bone strength by ensuring you eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. To learn more about how to ‘Serve Up Bone Strength’, visit the World Osteoporosis Day website.

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