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Aging bones
need youthful

More calcium, vitamin D key to healthy bones

A blend of balance and strength

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Are you at risk for fractures?

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Weak bones cause the spine to collapse
National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases

As bone weakness progresses, the bones in the spine collapse which can result in pain, reduced height and kyphosis, a severe curvature of the upper spine. Extreme cases of kyphosis can impede breathing.

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A closer look

Watch your step!

Most falls occur in the home, but there are things you can do to avoid them.

  • Clear clutter off the floor.

  • Tack down carpets firmly and secure loose wires along the walls.

  • Keep items you often use within reach. Don’t use step stools.

  • Use non-slip mats in the tub or shower.

  • Use brighter light bulbs, especially along stairs.

  • Add handrails to staircase.
  • Wear shoes with non-slip soles.

  • Have your eyes checked.

  • Review your medications with your doctor, especially if they make you sleepy or dizzy.

Watch your step!

Got 10 minutes?
Take a simple test that could
save your life …

Hip fractures from osteoporosis can be fatal or result in long-term disability. A bone density test of the spine and hip can determine if you have or are at risk for osteoporosis. The DXA test, a non-invasive low dose x-ray, is the most widely used measure of bone density.

Above -1
Between -1 and -2.5
Below -2.5

Courtesy of Hologic

Should you get tested? You should if you are …

  • A woman 65 and older
  • A man 70 and older
  • Older than 50 and have broken a bone
  • A postmenopausal woman not taking estrogen
  • Taking medications that cause bone thinning
  • A younger person with one or more risk factors

Should you get tested? Click here to find out.

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Three Steps to improve bone health … at any age

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Are you at risk for fractures?

You could be and not know it ― you cannot feel your bones
get weaker.

Ask yourself the following questions.

Are you 65 or older?

Did you break a bone after the age of 50?

Did your mother have osteoporosis?

Did you go through menopause before the age of 45?

Do you smoke?

Are you sedentary?

Do you typically have more than two alcoholic drinks a day?

Do you get less than the recommended amounts of vitamin D and calcium every day?

Are you taking certain drugs, such as prescription steroids and antiepileptic medications?

If you have answered “yes” to any of the questions,
talk to your doctor about a possible risk for osteoporosis.

To estimate your risk, click here.

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
3 Steps to improve bone health …
at any age

Vitamin D

The sun is the most significant source of natural vitamin D, but the amount produced depends on the season, city, time of day and skin color.

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Osteoporosis: Aging bones need youthful attention

As side effects go, this one flew below the radar.

Hope White knew she needed strong doses of steroids to wage her battle against a particularly virulent case of lupus. But she didn’t give much thought to the fact that those treatments to combat her auto-immune disease would make her susceptible to weakened bones.

In fact, when her doctor suggested that she — a young black woman — could acquire osteoporosis — a condition that hits mostly aging, white women — she was almost amused. More

More calcium, vitamin D key to healthy bones

Dr. Sherri-Ann M. Burnett-Bowie, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, readily admits aging bones come with the territory. More

A blend of balance and strength

Bones are living tissue that are constantly built up and torn down for repairs. During childhood and throughout the 20s, the body banks bone tissue. But right around age 30, the advantage shifts and the body begins to lose more bone than it builds. In time, bones become increasingly porous, often growing weaker and more fragile, which sets the stage for disabling fractures. This condition is called osteoporosis and affects eight million American women and two million men. Often, the very first clue is a broken bone. More

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