DON’T IGNORE YOUR BONES
Sixteen percent of people greater than fifty years old have osteoporosis. Yet only a quarter of at-risk people are screened and treated for this condition. Another surprising fact is that most fractures occur in women with osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis). Nearly half on US women have osteopenia! Osteoporosis doesn’t just affect women, MEN can also be at risk.
RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
- long term steroid therapy
- premature menopause
- low body weight
- family history of hip fracture,
- excess alcohol intake
- previous low trauma fracture.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
There is a lot of data out there that needs to be sifted through and tailored for your specific situation.
There are several diet and lifestyle bone-protecting strategies that can prevent and even treat osteoporosis, including specific exercises, avoiding foods that can weaken bone and increasing foods that can strengthen bone. In fact, weight bearing exercise can be as effective as a medication in treating osteoporosis!!
There are also several different classes of medications available to treat osteoporosis. Many of these treatments have faced multiple controversies. Find out which treatment options are best for your particular situation, and how you compare to the population in specific studies, how different medications stack up against each other, and what do you truly need to worry about.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will calcium increase my risk of heart disease?
Will taking this medication increase my risk for esophageal problems?
Will I develop a jaw disorder?
Will it increase my risk of having a fracture in my thigh?
Will insurance cover these newer blood and urine tests that assess bone turnover?
Don’t neglect evaluating your risk for osteoporosis. Also, know that osteoporosis is not inevitable! The good news is there’s a lot you can do to protect your bones from this disease. And the sooner you act, the better off you — and your bones — will be.
Talk to your doctor today!