Millions of people living with osteoporosis in the UK were given a boost yesterday by a group of politicians as they set out their hopes for the future for treatment and management of the fragile bone disease.
Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire, was among 40 MPs and peers who joined forces to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Osteoporosis Society during a birthday reception at the House of Commons.
Guests were asked to add their “wishes” for the future of osteoporosis to a time capsule which will be buried in the grounds of the NOS’ head office in Camerton, near Bath.
The charity plans to dig up the time capsule on its 30th birthday to see if the wishes came true.
With almost half of women and one in five men over the age of 50 expected to break a bone as a result of osteoporosis, the NOS strives to ensure high quality health and social care for those living with the disease.
Nina Booth-Clibborn, NOS acting policy manager said: “We are delighted so many politicians have joined us on this very special day to show their support for the charity and those living with the disease.
“Osteoporosis can cause painful and debilitating fractures which can seriously affect quality of life. Fortunately over the last 20 years the NOS has been able to raise awareness of this disease, fight for better provision and access to treatments and show that osteoporosis is not just a consequence of old age.
“But more needs to be done and we hope that those people who made wishes at today’s event will help us over the next decade to make these wishes a reality.”
Prominent figures including NOS’ president HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Prime Minister Tony Blair were among the first to write their messages for the time capsule.
The Duchess of Cornwall wrote: “I hope that there will be a decrease in osteoporosis over the next decade, as more people are made aware of how to prevent and treat this devastating disease in the future.”
“I am pleased to be able to add my congratulations to the National Osteoporosis Society on 20 years of service to our nation,” added Prime Minister Tony Blair. “In ten years time we hope to see yet more advances in prevention and treatment of this disease.”
*For more information on the National Osteoporosis Society’s time capsule log onto www.nos.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Sir George Young adds his wish for osteoporosis to the NOS time capsule.
For more information and photographs contact the NOS communications team on 01761 473105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” and leaves bone weak and prone to fracture.
*The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the fragile bone disease.
*Every three minutes somebody somewhere in the UK breaks a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
*Lifestyle changes such as increasing weight-bearing exercise and eating a healthy-balanced diet will help to build and keep bones strong.