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Update on bone health: the IMS White Paper
Osteoporosis and associated fractures present a major challenge in improving global health outcomes. Key clinical aspects are the definition of osteoporosis and associated fractures, fracture risk prediction, stratification of risk of fracture, intervention thresholds and the most appropriate intervention based on integration of aforementioned. Correct understanding and application of these concepts are essential to stem the increasing tide of fragility fractures associated with an aging population. The role of muscle strength and function, sarcopenia, and the newly emerging concept of osteosarcopenia in maintaining bone health are discussed in detail.
The International Menopause Society has commissioned two experts at the forefront of their specialty to define the state of the art in the understanding of this condition, to advise on practical management strategies and to propose future research strategies.
Translations of the White Paper are available free of charge to download below.
Patient Information Leaflet: Update on bone health
IMS has produced the Patient Information Leaflet to help women to better understand the condition and how it can be managed and treated.
To download and read the Patient Information Leaflet on Bone Health, click on the appropriate language below:
Awareness Raising Poster: Bone Health
This A4 poster is designed to make women think about and possibly seek help regarding the changes that are happening to them as they enter mid life.
The poster can be used in a physician’s waiting room or reception, in libraries, or during health awareness meetings for women. The poster can be used throughout the year to encourage women to seek help and advice from their health care professional. It is available in the following languages:
Organisations, professionals and women are all encouraged to participate in the World Menopause Day global awareness raising campaign by sharing our educational resources, organising events and engaging with social media posts.
This Engagement Toolkit will enable you to share and promote your activities to a global audience.
Social Media Assets
You can download the World Menopause Day Logo and three different quotes (in varying sizes) about Bone Health from the authors of the White Paper for use in your social media campaigns by clicking here
Reports from Around the World
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After an amazing take up of all the materials above, both World Menopause Day and Bone Health continue to gain coverage in the world media. So far, we have tracked 674 pieces of coverage with a reach of over 225 million.
IMS President, Steve Goldstein, was interviewed for CBS New York:
IMS Past President, Sue Davis, was interviewed for touchENDOCRINOLOGY:
Susan Davis: World Menopause Day – Alleviating Remaining Unmet Needs in Menopause Awareness – touchENDOCRINOLOGY
IMS General Secretary, Rossella Nappi, was interviewed for RAI:
A member of the IMS Board of Trustees, Pauline Maki, did a congressional briefing on menopause with the Society for Women’s Health Research.
Here is a sample of some other pieces of international coverage:
- Yahoo News: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/poor-bone-health-menopausal-women-120541874.html
- Health Matters: http://www.healthmatters.org.uk/health-and-wellbeing/menopause-and-bone-health-a-growing-global-health-concern/
- MTV Lebanon: https://www.mtv.com.lb/en/news/international/1226117/poor-bone-health-in-menopausal-women-is-rising–study-finds
- Sambad (India) https://sambadenglish.com/world-menopause-day-2021-theme-quotes-significance-and-all-you-need-to-know/
- The Guardian (links to the IMS site): https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/18/we-have-to-better-support-women-mp-carolyn-harris-leading-fight-on-menopause
The Uruguayan Society of Gynecological Endocrinology and Menopause (SUEGYM), held a webinar on the 16th October to celebrate World Menopause Day with the theme “Practical management in the treatment of osteoporosis“.
Dra. Miriam Negrín and Dra. Blanca Fretes organized a successful virtual symposium on the Brain and Menopause on behalf of FLASOG (Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Obstetricia y Ginecologia), which took place on 26 October 2021. There were perhaps 200 participants from a number of different Latin American countries.
Greetings from India,
It gives me immense pleasure to share with you that World Menopause Day was a great success. We had three virtual public forums on Bone Health organised by Manch Sudha, a virtual forum for educating Midlife women about health issues. There were three series of lectures on bone health throughout the month. Exercise and Bone Health, Nutrition in bone health and Osteoporosis and TKR.
On 20th October on World Osteoporosis Day, grand celebrations were started with Dexa Scan for above 50 years women. 93 patients were scanned and it was a great success. I spoke on Bone health Beyond Fifty. This was a physical program at Falls Institute of India Nagpur, Dr.Sanjay Bajaj explained the importance of World Menopause Day and World Osteoporosis Day.
A summary of bone health was circulated on social groups to raise awareness – see below. The tag line is “Take Action Now “.
Dr. Alka Kumar M.D. (OBGY)
Cunsultant gynecologist ,Preventive Oncologist
And Menopausal Practitioner
Shalaka Clinic ,Nagpur
On World Menopause Day this year, we had three posts on Instagram regarding Bone Health that were posted along with further details in the text.
The photos we used are attached below. Click on each one to view the posts in full.
We had a busy World Menopause Day partnering with ITN productions, click here to see and also introducing a new section on our website on “Workplace and Menopause” in collaboration with Women’s Health Concern, click here to take a look.
On your 2021 theme: Bone Health, a former chairman of the BMS, Dr Heather Currie, contributed to an excellent webinar with the Royal Osteoporosis Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jMCcrjn1S8
British Menopause Society
Mr Nicholas Panay (Imperial College, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals, London, UK), was interviewed by touchENDOCRINOLOGY and talks about the importance of proactively speaking about symptoms, both cognitive and muscular skeletal, along with low energy and low libido, with women experiencing menopause. With the theme of World Menopause Day 2021 being Bone Health, Mr Panay shares his thoughts on lifestyle, weight-bearing exercise and diet, and the importance of assessing osteoporosis risk. Watch the video interview below and click here to visit their website.
The Asia Pacific Menopause Federation held its 8th Scientific Meeting in Hangzhou, China on 15th to 17th November 2021 (see full report here).
Part of the Meeting was focused on the WMD Theme of “Bone Health” as detailed below: –
“The theme for World Menopause Day 2021 is Bone Health. During the conference, the speakers gave relevant lectures on bone health. Professor Xu Ling from Peking Union Medical College Hospital gave a lecture on the theme of New Understanding in Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women. Professor Byung-Koo Yoon from School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University gave a lecture on the theme of MHT and Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Korean Women.
Professor YU Qi gave the seminar on the theme of Management of Perimenopausal Osteoporosis during the conference saying ‘In the field of menopause, the correlation between osteoporosis and menopause is not controversial. Through good menopause management, including various treatments and menopausal hormone therapy, all treatment measures are effective which is 100% certain. In early menopause, patients often have some bone symptoms, including bone pain, muscle and joint pain and so on. Do these problems mean that there is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is silent and changes are invisible. In the early stage of menopause, it is not to the extent of osteoporosis in theory, but the patients does have a chief complaints. How to predict osteoporosis and bone turnover earlier through some indicators was the discussion content of the seminar.‘”
We celebrated World Menopause Day during October 2021 and we’d love to share our activities for that day. Past President of IMS, Susan Davis, amongst others, participated in the program.
Please click here to see how we celebrated.
Professor Sheikh Zinnat Ara Nasreen
Secretary General Bangladesh Menopause Society