February is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and Accredited wants to help you understand more about the disease, how to reduce your risks, and how to manage it.
What is Osteoporosis?
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones which occurs due to bone loss or lack of creating bone. This disease can occur for a number of reasons that collectively create low bone density.
- 54 Million Americans suffer from Osteoporosis or low bone density
- Women are at greater risk for Osteoporosis; however, men can and do suffer from the disease also
- Approximately one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to the disease
Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Facts
- Calcium and Vitamin D – The best way to prevent Osteoporosis is to eat a balanced diet, rich in calcium and vitamin D. Here’s an extensive list of common foods that would be beneficial for Osteoporosis prevention.
- Bone Density Testing – A bone density test is recommended as an easy, non-evasive technique to determine if there is bone loss or loss of bone strength.
- Risk Factors – You increase your risk of getting Osteoporosis if you smoke, consume too much alcohol, consume excessive amounts of caffeine, and have a family history of the disease. These are just a few of the risk factors.
- Activity – Lack of exercise and physical activity can increase your risk of Osteoporosis. Becoming more active can help decrease your risk and help you build stronger bones.
- Loss of Height – If you have been decreasing in height as you age there is a good possibility that you are at high risk of getting Osteoporosis.
- Broken Bones – Those who have suffered a broken bone and are age 50 or over there is a good possibility that you are at a higher risk of getting Osteoporosis.
- Medications – There are certain medications that can cause bone density loss. A list of medications is listed on the NOF website.
- Weak and Brittle Bones – This disease causes bones to become brittle, weak and at high risk of breaking easily. It is common for bones to become so weak and brittle that even a small amount of stress causes a break.
- Osteopenia – Osteopenia is when a person’s bone density is lower than normal. It is often common as a precursor to being diagnosed with Osteoporosis.
Diagnosed with Osteoporosis?
If you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis you are at risk of breaking or injuring a bone. If you are suffering from Osteoporosis we can help. We not only want to bring National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention to the forefront but help you or a loved one with at home care if they are suffering from the disease.
Photo Courtesy of NOF – Free Osteoporosis Tool Kit