Friday, February 20, 2015

Osteoporosis; Know Your Risk Factors

Osteoporosis and the fractures associated with this disease have become an epidemic in the United States. Thirty-four million people have osteopenia and are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis. Nearly 1.5 million osteoporotic fractures occur each year in this country alone. 

Many patients don't realize they have the disease until a fall resulting in a fracture. However, there are several lifestyle factors that increase your risk and it's important to be aware and proactive in preventative care. Working with your health care provider to modify your lifestyle and diet, along with physical activity can help you;

  • Tobacco use 
  • BMI less than 20 in women, 25 in men
  • Low calcium intake
  • Low vitamin D intake
  • Excessive alcohol 
  • Recurrent falls 
  • Poor physical activity 
  • Poor physical health
  • Estrogen deficiency 
These risk factors are not modifiable, and may require health screenings to determine your risk; 

  • Genetics 
  • Family history 
  • Female 
  • Advanced age 
  • Caucasian 
Understanding your risk factors and being proactive in your daily life is key. Focusing on nutrition with a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D are essential. Additional supplements can help as well. Also, being active-walking, jogging, dancing and cycling are all great ways to keep your bones healthy! 

For more information on ABJ's Osteoporosis-Bone Fragility Center, please visit

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