Much of our current lifestyle is not conducive to bone health, there is an increasing risk of fragility fractures as our population ages, and this will have an enormous toll not only in terms of medical costs but also in morbidity and mortality. Moreover, both women and men of all races and ethnic groups are affected. Although osteoporosis and age-related skeletal fragility have been the most extensively studied aspects of bone disease, studies on less common or even rare bone disorders have led to major advances in our understanding of bone health and disease.
Although there is a great deal more to be learned through basic and clinical research, we do know enough now to reverse or at least slow this trend. The problem has been that efforts to promote awareness, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disorders have been sporadic.
To achieve meaningful change, a coordinated effort is needed among health care professionals, federal, state, and local government agencies, voluntary organizations, academics, communities, and the multiple components of the health care industry.
To address this need, the National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) was established in 2010 to be a public-private partnership that aims to improve the overall health and quality of life of all Americans by enhancing their bone health. The NBHA is spearheading a public campaign to raise awareness for the risk factors for osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
We encourage you to become a member of the NBHA today by visiting its website.