Osteoporosis Facts and Tips
Healthy Living to Take Good Care of Your Bones
- Osteoporosis primarily affects women, but men can develop the disease. In fact, approximately 2 million men have osteoporosis—that’s 20% of all cases in the U.S.
- The overall health of your bones is determined by many things—ranging from how well your bones were formed when you were younger to your physical activity level over the years.
- Your bones are living structures that change and grow. It might be hard to believe, but your bones regenerate throughout your life.
- As a teenager, you grow more bone than you lose. Between the ages of 18 and 25, you’ll have attained the greatest amount of bone you will ever have. This is called peak bone mass.
- As we age, our ability to rebuild new bone gradually slows down, and bone loss rises. For many women, bone loss becomes a major problem because of the significant drop in estrogen levels.
- There are usually no tell-tale osteoporosis symptoms, and sometimes the first symptom can be a fracture.
- Wrist, hip, and spine are the most common places to get an osteoporosis-related fracture.
- Calcium and vitamin D are top nutrients for bone health. On the other hand, protein, caffeine, and sodium may harm your bones if consumed in very high amounts.
- Exercise builds and maintains strong bones, so if you are inactive, your bones are likely weaker than they should be.
- Intestinal problems, kidney disease, and parathyroid and thyroid problems are examples of medical conditions that can lead to osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis is preventable. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, being physically active, cutting out smoking, and curbing alcohol consumption, will help prevent the onset of the disease.