Epidemiological Data on Osteoporosis in Greece: The Contribution of the Greek Association of Osteoporosis Patient Support

Introduction: The Greek Association of Osteoporosis Patient Support which was founded in 1997 is an active and energetic member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). According to international data, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 years have the tendency to acquire osteoporosis, and this constitutes a major socio-economic problem. Aim: Presentation of epidemiological data on osteoporosis in Greece and illustration of the role of the Greek Association of Osteoporosis Patient Support in the prevention of osteoporosis and maintenance of a good standard of life. Results: Throughout Greece 25,000 women have been examined, among which 12,000 cases have been analyzed. Statistical analysis based on these cases indicates that the women in Greece aged over 55 years who already suffer from osteoporosis number roughly 855,000, while 1,000,000 women under 55 years have low bone density. Only 18% of Greek women have a sufficient calcium intake, and only 3% regularly participate in sports (3 times a week). In addition, 45% of women aged over 55 years have never undergone bone density measurement. Conclusions: The Greek Association of Osteoporosis Patient Support undertakes important, PanHellenic social and scientific work. Its aims include the dissemination of information and prevention via organized action. It provides portable units, organizes meetings for raising awareness of the problem and the importance of the right diet and exercise and arranges psychological support.

Category: Volume 53, N 4
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Created Date: 15-12-2014
Authors: Eleni Stamatopoulou , Memie Tsekoura