Preventing Osteoporosis & Fractures…how to Avoid Brittle Bones
Did you know …
70% of people over 65 with osteoporosis have never been screened and don’t know they have it?
There are more osteoporosis related fractures yealy than breast cancer, strokes, and heart attacks combined?
Osteoporosis is not just a disease of old people or of women.
People of all ages can have low bone density including men and young adults. Children’s poor diets and lack of activity will give them a greater chance of having low bone density at a younger age. We reach the peak of our bone mass at about age 30.
How might you know if you should be concerned about having low bone density or Osteoporosis?
- You have had a low impact fracture.
- You are losing height.
- You have some of the risk factors for Osteoporosis
- Your Bone Mineral Density test indicates bone loss (Ask Your Doctor to get a bone density scan)
What are risk factors for Osteoporosis?
- Poor diet
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Medical conditions
- Some prescriptions may prevent calcium absorption
- Other factors.
What Can you do?
- Learn about getting the proper nutrition and supplementation. Give your body the nutrients it needs. The type and proper amount of calcium as well as vitamin D are crucial to maintain healthy bones.
- Learn proper weight bearing exercises and strategies to maintain strong bones.
- Eliminate fall hazards in your home and avoid multi-tasking, carrying too much or heavy loads.
- Work on balance, foot mobility and ankle strength.
- Maintain upright posture and strengthen your postural muscles.
- Get a Bone Mineral Density test (DXA) & work with your doctor to monitor your bone density and ask questions about the side effects of any drugs you are taking.
- Live a healthy lifestyle. Drinking soda, alcohol and smoking all increase your risk of Osteoporosis.
- Make your health a priority and take responsibility to make healthy choices for your body and your future.
Betsy Walker is an American Bone Health volunteer representative and educator. She is also a PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher™ specializing in therapeutic movement and CoreAlign™for special conditions such as osteoporosis and scoliosis.
Learn More about what you can do, schedule a free 30 minute consultation with Betsy Walker.