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

Martial Enguehard, Master chef

Food rich in calcium and vitamin D can help us to build strong bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Cheese is rich in calcium. I live in France. We have more than 400 varieties of cheese! I enjoy cooking healthy food which includes vitamin D and calcium. Think to do the same at home. Bone Appétit!

Maureen McTeer, medical law specialist, human rights advocate, author, patron of Osteoporosis Canada. Message on the occasion of the 2nd IOF Women Leaders Roundtable, 2006

As patron of Osteoporosis Canada for many years, I am pleased that we have successfully changed the image of osteoporosis as a disease of elderly women, a group who historically have had neither economic nor political clout –to a disease that can strike us all whether we are men or women, young or old.

Julie Payette is chief astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency

Worldwide, one out of three women and one out of five men over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis. But the good news is that osteoporosis is preventable by eating right, by moving and exercising, and by knowing about it. If you would like to find out more about osteoporosis, visit the International Osteoporosis Foundation's website and take the risk test.