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Protect Your Bones

Osteoporosis (porous bone) is a disease of the bones that happens when you make to little bone or you lose too much bone. This causes the bones to become weak and may cause you to break a bone from fall or even from bumping into furniture or a sneeze.

This is a common problem as we age. Studies suggest that approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Protect your bones!

  • Get enough calcium and Vitamin D in your diet
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Engage in regular exercise especially weight bearing exercise
  • Avoid smoking
  • Limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
  • Being over age 50
  • Being female
  • Menopause
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Low body weight
  • Broken bones or height loss
Controllable Risk factors
  • Not getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
  • Eating too much protein, sodium and caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Losing to much weight
  • Having an inactive lifestyle

Screening for Osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis recommends screening with a bone density test if:

  • You are a woman age 65 or older
  • You are a man 70 or older
  • You have broken a bone after age 50
  • You are a woman of menopausal age with risk factors
  • You are a postmenopausal woman under 65 with risk factors
  • You are a man 50-60 with risk factors
A bone density test may be necessary if you have any of the following:
  • An x-ray of the spine showing a break or bone loss
  • Back pain with a possible break in your spine
  • Height loss of 1/2 inch or more within 1 year
  • Total height loss of 1 1/2 inches from your original height

If you have any of the above risk factors please talk to your provider about a bone density scan.

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