A new nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive of over 1,000 women with postmenopausal osteoporosis found that about one in three women had not currently been prescribed medication and more than half reported they do not know enough about this potentially serious disease.  The survey was released by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).  Women surveyed also reported that they do not want to slow down as they age, yet nearly half believe they are not doing enough to maintain their physical health.  Fifty-seven percent of the respondents reported they do not consistently do weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or dancing, which helps to keep bones strong.   The lack of knowledge and action related to bone health revealed by the survey could have consequences because one in two women older than 50 is predicted to break a bone due to osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Fractures could be directly or indirectly responsible for potential pain and disability.  To address the disconnect between women’s expectations and actions, AMWA and Pam Peeke, M.D., an international health and fitness expert, have launched Strong to the Bone, a nationwide awareness campaign to urge better bone health and encourage women to take steps to avoid fractures. The campaign kicks off during the month of May, National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, and is sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

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