Osteoporosis affects nearly 44 million Americans a year and is the cause of countless fractures and broken bones. A fractured that happens due to the advanced stages of osteoporosis can cause loss of independence, chronic pain, disability, deformities, and even death. Osteoporosis leads to nearly 1 million hospitalizations every year.
By being aware of bones health and the damage that it can cause you can take the preventive steps to strengthen your bones and avoid osteoporosis altogether. As a nation we can raise awareness to promote the prevention of osteoporosis. Our bones reach its peak bone density while we’re in our twenties. After about the age of thirty our bone density begins to decline. Bone thinning is a natural process and it cannot be stopped completely.
Whether or not someone develops osteoporosis depends on several factors. First, what was the thickness of bones early in life before bone thinning began? Secondly, what are your health, diet, and physical activity in life? You can never truly stop bone loss, but you can do things to increase your bone health and slow down the thinning of your bones to prevent osteoporosis.
Tips for Healthy Bones:
Healthy Diet: When it comes to building strong bones, there are two key nutrients one is calcium and another is vitamin D. get plenty of calcium and vitamin D in dairy products, sun, leafy green vegetables, fortified foods, and canned seafood.
Healthy Weight: Try to maintain body mass index in between 20-25.
Bone Density Test: Bone Density Test: A bone density test or bone mineral density test is used to diagnose a bone disorder called osteoporosis. Test results can help your doctor determine if you have, or are at risk of developing. Women older than 65 years should have a bone density test, which can provide a clear picture about the risk for broken bones. If a bone density test shows your bones are weak, ask your doctor about medications that can help for women 65 plus.
Family History: Find out if there is a family history of osteoporosis or other bone health issue – if so; discuss them with your doctor.
Strength Training: Exercise can help strengthen bones and slow bone mineral loss.
Home Sweet Home: Reduce your risk of falls (and broken bones) by making your home full proof; install shower rails, remove area rugs that can cause slips.
Vision: Stay up to date with vision checks. As you get older, your vision can change.
Side Effects: Medication can affect bone health. Ask about alternative of calcium and vitamin D if required.