As referenced in the Bone Density section of our website, osteoporosis is a disease of the bones found in about 54 million Americans. Osteoporosis is caused either by the body making too little bone or losing too much bone over the course of a person's life. This results in bones being weakened and easily broken by even the littlest things, like banging your elbow on a table.
Studies have suggested that one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will likely experience their bones breaking due to osteoporosis. The most commonly broken bones are hip, spine, and wrist, however, all bones are susceptible in a patient who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends five steps to help prevent osteoporosis.
1) Get the calcium and vitamin D that your body needs daily
2) Do regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises
3) Don't smoke and don't drink too much alcohol
4) Talk to your doctor about your risk of being diagnosed with osteoporosis and ask when you should have a bone density test
5) Take an osteoporosis medication if it is right for you
Visit www.nof.org for more information on osteoporosis and how you can prevent or lower your risk of being diagnosed!