Did You Know?

Did You Know?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture.

What is Osteoporosis? 

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile so that they break easily. A minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement can cause a fracture. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist, and spine.

Symptoms of Osteoporosis? 

Typically, there are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may experience the following signs and symptoms that include:

Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra

Loss of height over time

A stooped posture

A bone that breaks much more easily than expected

Here are 4 tips to help you maintain healthy bones and/or reduce your risk of osteoporosis: 

  1. EXERCISE
    • Exercise regularly – keep your bones and muscles moving
    • Weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening, and balance-training exercises are best.
  1. NUTRITION
    • Ensure your diet is rich in bone-healthy nutrients
    • Calcium, vitamin D, and protein are the most important for bone health. Safe exposure to sunshine will help you get enough vitamin D.
  2. LIFESTYLE
    • Avoid negative lifestyle habits
    • Maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking and excessive drinking.

4. TESTING & TREATMENT

    • Get tested and treated if needed. Some treatment options may include but are not limited to lifestyle changes and medications.

If you are over the age of 50 or have a loved one that may have one or more risk factors, please contact your healthcare provider for an assessment of your bone health status. For more information or other helpful tips, visit our free resource section on the LYLWL’s Website.

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