Helping people realise their risk
Our vision is a future without osteoporosis. But we know to get there, more people in the UK need to realise their risk of the condition and how to spot the signs – so they can take action.
Since 2017, over two thousand people have assessed their risk of osteoporosis using our online ‘Are You at Risk?’ bone health quiz – Stop at One. And the quiz has already proved to be doing a great job of raising awareness of osteoporosis risk factors, and how people can do good for their bones.
After considering factors such as age, gender, medical history and lifestyle.
Such as speaking to their GP, or changing their exercise and eating habits.
- figures taken from the National Osteoporosis Society's Stop at One follow-up survey, 1 June 2018.
This is fantastic news. It ultimately means people are reducing their chances of osteoporosis and broken bones – thanks to Stop at One.
The problem we're solving
We know that bone health is not a top priority when it comes to our health concerns. But it shouldn’t be this way. Thousands of people break bones because of osteoporosis – and don’t even realise.
Often, the first sign that someone has osteoporosis is when they easily break a bone. And when they do, they are seen by A&E, treated for their fracture and then sent home. And that’s it.
This means many thousands of people who break a bone because of osteoporosis aren’t identified. And we know that people who break a bone because of the condition are at higher risk of having further painful breaks - which could have been prevented.
One broken bone needn't lead to another.
We believe that if someone over 50 years old breaks a bone, they should consider their risk of osteoporosis. That's why we're making sure even more people who have broken a bone know about the Stop at One quiz, by promoting it in fracture clinics.
By the end of 2017, we had Stop at One banners, leaflets and posters in eight clinics. And the great news is, they're already working. We're seeing an increase in people taking the Stop at One quiz in the areas around each of those eight fracture clinics.
We're delighted. And none of this would be possible without your ongoing support.
It's essential that even more people who break a bone can discover the quiz and assess their risk.
That's why we're thinking big for 2018. By the end of the year...
- figures based on findings from Stop at One follow-up survey