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Vancouver and Victoria lit up in purple for Osteoporosis Month

Updated: Nov 23, 2019

National Osteoporosis Month in Victoria BC
Victoria Legislature lit up in recognition of National Osteoporosis Month

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of fracture. Known as the “silent thief”, bone deterioration can occur over a number of years without presenting any symptoms. Unfortunately, if detected at the time of a break, the disease is already fairly advanced. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are in the hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder. Today, no single cause for osteoporosis has been identified.

National Osteoporosis Month
Canada Place lit up in purple for National Osteoporosis Month

Some quick facts about Osteoporosis:

  • 80% of all fractures in people aged 50+ are caused by Osteoporosis -

  • 2Million Canadians are affected by Osteoporosis

  • Osteoporotic hip fractures consume more hospital bed days than stroke, diabetes, or heart attack

  • At least one in five men will break a bone from osteoporosis, and one-quarter of the 30,000 hip fractures caused by osteoporosis are in men.

  • During their lifetime, at least one in three women will suffer a broken bone from osteoporosis.

  • Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than a heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.

  • People living with osteoporosis face a reduced quality of life, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility, disfigurement, a lack of independence

  • 28% of women and 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the following year.

For many Canadians, osteoporosis means they can’t live the independent life they want to. In many cases, those diagnosed with Osteoporosis will require some sort of caregiver support from a family member or a healthcare professional.

If you or a loved one has Osteoporosis, Pacific Coast Health Services has the experience, knowledge and compassion to help increase the quality of life of those with Osteoporosis in Victoria, BC. Feel free to contact us 24 hours a day - 365 days a year to book your free healthcare assessment. Assessments can be done in our office, in the comfort of your home or in a care facility.


Sources: - Pacific Coast Health Services

For informational purposes only. Information contained on our site is never intended to replace legal advice from a lawyer or medical advice from a physician.



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