National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
Did you know that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin and weak. These thin and weak bones can break (fracture), even from doing a simple activity such as sneezing or picking up a newspaper.
Osteoporosis most often affects the bones in the hip, lower back, neck, and wrist. A broken bone is how most people find out they have osteoporosis. We can not feel our bones growing weaker. What we do feel is the pain caused by a fracture. This pain can become chronic.
Although osteoporosis mostly affects women, two million men have osteoporosis. Other risk factors include:
- Advanced age (older than 65)
- Current cigarette smoking
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Caucasian or Asian race
- Low physical activity
- Low body weight (less than 127 pounds or BMI less than 20)
- Long term corticosteroid therapy
Everyone can take steps to help prevent osteoporosis!
- Make sure your daily diet includes enough calcium (1200 mg)
- Make sure your daily diet includes enough vitamin D3 (800-1000 IU)
- Take part in weight bearing exercise such as walking or dancing
Talk To Your Doctor
A good step towards good bone health is to talk with your doctor. Questions to ask include:
- Do I need a bone mineral density test? This special type of x-ray tells how strong your bones are. It is generally recommended for:
- People age 65 or older
- Older people who have had a bone fracture.
If you are at risk for osteoporosis, help protect your bones by calling your doctor for an appointment today.