Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. According to AAOS, in the United States, there are 10 million people that osteoporosis and an astounding 18 million more are at risk for developing this bone condition. This disease is a growing threat and needs to be recognized and fought back against. In order to protect your bones, you must be aware of the various threats so you can effectively combat them. So, here’s what you need to know about osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
As mentioned above, Osteoporosis is a medical condition that affects your bones by thinning and weakening them. It makes a sufferer fragile and heightens your risk to fracture your bones. If a person with Osteoporosis falls, they are significantly more likely to fracture their bone than a person with healthy bones. According to Health and Bone, 80% of fractures occur in 50+ year old women are fragility fractures.
Who is at risk for developing Osteoporosis?
According to Webmd, women are four times more likely to develop Osteoporosis than men. Even further, women over the age of 50 have the highest risk of developing Osteoporosis. However, anyone is susceptible to developing this condition. A few more risk factors include:
- Petite or thin women
- Family history
- Smoking cigarettes
- Alcohol use
- People over the age of 30 years old
Can I reduce my risk of developing Osteoporosis?
There are definitely ways to reduce your risk of developing this condition that weakens your bones and it is by strengthening your bones! You can go about this a few different ways. For starters, it’s recommended to complete 30 minutes of exercise each day. Another simple way is to ensure you get your daily dose of Vitamin D and calcium. Drink milk, certain vegetables, soy products, and even calcium supplements. Even further you can eliminate alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and soda.
This disease mainly affects older women, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the necessary precautions to strengthen your bones if you don’t fall into this category. After all, we all have bones that are susceptible to growing weak and frail if not treated properly. Your bone health should be a top priority and simply reading this blog is a great step in caring for your bones. If you believe you may have fractured a bone, contact us to schedule an appointment today. We would love to assist you with any of your needs/questions.