Who is at risk?Those with a family history of osteoporosis, family history of hip or spine fractures, being a postmenopausal female, low body weight, restricted diet including history of eating disorders or frequent dieting, smoking, prednisone use, thyroid disease, history of fracturing a bone after the age of forty, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic liver or kidney disease, being Caucasian or Asian, having type 1 diabetes, not exercising or excessive exercising, vitamin D deficiency, and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, as well as female athletes who have a restricted diet and burn more calories than they consume daily.
What should you do if this describes you?
You should see your physician and get screened for osteoporosis!
How do you maximize good bone health?
If you smoke, QUIT!
Be sure you are getting enough calcium in your daily diet. Under age 50, you should be getting 1,000 mg. If you are over the age of 50, you should be getting at least 1,200 mg.
Vitamin D3 should also be included in your dietary intake.
Eat well-rounded meals
Make sure your home is fall-proof
Moderate caffeine use
Take any prescriptions for bone health, as prescribed by your doctor.
- Osteoporosis and Spine Health (stopbackpaintx.com)
- Exercise Benefits for Osteoporosis (everydayhealth.com)
- Why It’s Possible to Overcome Osteoporosis (stopbackpaintx.com)
- Treating Osteopenia to Slow Bone Loss (everydayhealth.com)
- Make no bones about it, your bones matter (todayonline.com)
- Men May Benefit from Osteoporosis Drug, Too (nlm.nih.gov)
- Simple Intervention Improves Osteoporosis Treatment Rates (medicalnewstoday.com)