Osteoporosis and low bone mass put an estimated 52 million Americans at risk for broken bones. That means nearly 60 percent of adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health. 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. “That’s why we’re continuing the Break Free from Osteoporosis initiative to raise awareness for the critical role diet and exercise play in building and maintaining strong bones for life. Following the five simple steps below will go a long way toward protecting against osteoporosis and broken bones.”
5 Steps to Break Free from Osteoporosis
1. Get to know your risk factors: Many factors play a role in your risk for osteoporosis, including age, gender, lifestyle, medical history, family history and whether you take any medication or have medical conditions that can lead to bone loss.
2. Get active: Doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is one of the best ways to protect against osteoporosis and broken bones.
3. Eat Your Way to Healthy Bones: Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the key to eating for healthy bones.
4. 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.
5. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol: No more than two drinks a day is best for bone health.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and more likely to break. Since you can’t feel your bones getting weaker, many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. One in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. While the statistics are grim, there is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life.
To learn more about the Break Free from Osteoporosis campaign and how to build and maintain strong bones for life, please visit www.nof.org.
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation’s leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. For more information on the National Osteoporosis Foundation, visit www.nof.org
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