TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Do you know someone over the age of 50 who has broken a bone? Perhaps your mother “tripped” in the garden and broke her wrist? Or your neighbor broke his ankle walking on the golf course?
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and more likely to break, according to the National Osteoperosis Foundation.
Two million broken bones occur every year in the United States due to osteoporosis, but the majority of patients get the fracture fixed without ever realizing they have osteoporosis or low bone mass.
NOF launched “Break Free from Osteoporosis,” an awareness campaign that encourages everyone to get to know their risk factors for osteoporosis and change their lifestyle to build and maintain strong bones.
Osteoporosis and low bone mass put an estimated 52 million Americans at risk for broken bones.
Nearly 60 percent of adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone.
For women, the incidence of osteoporosis is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
“While there is no cure for osteoporosis, it is avoidable for many of those at risk,” said Amy Porter, executive director and CEO, National Osteoporosis Foundation. “Following the five simple steps below will go a long way toward protecting against osteoporosis and broken bones.”
BREAK FREE FROM OSTEOPOROSIS
Many factors play a role in your risk for osteoporosis, including age, gender, lifestyle, medical history, family history and whether you take medications or have medical conditions that can lead to bone loss.
Get active: Doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is one of the best ways to protect against osteoporosis and broken bones.
Eat your way to healthy bones: Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the key to eating for healthy bones. To learn more about the role of nutrition on bone health, join NOF for a free webinar on Wednesday, May 14, 1-2 p.m. EST. Made possible with support from Sunsweet, the Better Bites.
Ask your healthcare provider when you should get a bone density test: The painless, 10-minute test will help predict your risk of breaking a bone.
Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol: No more than two drinks a day is best for bone health.
Take advantage of NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine’s Community Bone Density Screening event May 3 or May 5. Call 530-546-0400 or visit naturamedtahoe.com for information.
To learn more about the Break Free from Osteoporosis campaign and how to build and maintain strong bones visit www.nof.org.