The platform www.krehkikosti.bg will inform about the disease.
The beloved Bulgarian actress Marta Vachkova and the rheumatologist Dr. Rodina Nestorova joined forces and became part of the information campaign dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis "Don't break!". The initiative is part of the long-term efforts of the biotechnology company "Amgen Bulgaria" to inform Bulgarian patients about the dangers of chronic diseases and the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment.
According to data from the Bulgarian Society of Endocrinology, 426,000 adult women in our country suffer from osteoporosis, detected during examination of the spine or femoral neck, and there are nearly 200 million women in the world with reduced bone density.
„ Approximately one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. Hip fractures are the most dangerous. Two-thirds of them are among women and one-third among men. Mortality from hip fractures in males, however, is higher. One in four women (about 25%) and one in three men (about 35%) die within a year of sustaining a hip fracture. Statistics show that hip fractures rank fourth after ischemic heart disease, dementia and lung cancer. The risk of breaking a hip in women is higher than the risk of developing breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer combined. 60% of patients with femoral invoice remain in need of assistance for the rest of their lives, and 20% - with severe disability. But there is salvation. This is early diagnosis and early treatment, says Dr. Rodina Nestorova.
Osteoporosis is so common that globally, a fracture occurs every three seconds, and a quarter of patients require a long stay in hospital. This is also the reason why the treatment of the consequences of osteoporosis fractures costs the European Union about 37 billion euros per year.
„ Our long-term experience in the treatment of osteoporosis confirms the inevitable conclusion that a large number of people are still either not sufficiently informed about the disease or do not regularly monitor the condition of their bones. There are also many patients diagnosed with osteoporosis who, for one reason or another, stop their treatment without discussing it with their doctor. This process has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. That's why we launched this information campaign, says Dr. Krasimira Chemishanska, executive director of Amgen Bulgaria.
The company recently announced the launch of a new platform for patients www.krehkikosti.bg. The platform contains information about the disease, diagnostic methods, useful materials and tips for prevention and maintaining good bone he alth.
The face of "Don't break!" is the famous Bulgarian actress Marta Vachkova."I think that when a person is popular, it is important what initiatives he is involved in. "Don't break!" is not just a campaign, it's a mission. And we famous people should stand behind such initiatives. Let's take care of our he alth!" said Marta Vachkova.
In the framework of the campaign, the chairman of the Federation "Bulgarian Patient Forum" Ivan Dimitrov shared his observations on the experience of patients suffering from osteoporosis.
„ For many years, the Bulgarian Patient Forum has supported osteoporosis patients with various initiatives with the sole aim of educating the Bulgarian society. The problem with our patients is that they don't know what osteoporosis is. Often, they think that thinning bones is normal with age. A campaign that gives more information about this socially significant disease is very important to help Bulgarians realize the seriousness of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people did not go to the doctor, even stopped their treatment, and this could lead to another wave of more and more fractures. Dimitrov shared.
The material is published with the support of "Amgen Bulgaria".