Half of all post-menopausal women will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime. Risk of a second fracture is five times higher, especially in the first year.
Ladies, it’s time to get educated about osteoporosis and its prevention.
Osteopenia is lower than normal bone density that is not so low to be classified as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition of such low bone density that bones are brittle and fracture easily. Not everyone makes the connection between osteoporosis and these fractures.
A duel x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is recommended for all women over age 65. Those over 50 or starting menopause who have risk factors should get a DEXA scan. Risk factors include a prior fracture from a fall at standing height, a parent experiencing a fracture of from the same sort of fall, or having a disease that puts you at risk of osteoporosis at a young age. The test is painless, fast and easy.
Learn more about osteoporosis and osteopenia. Ensure you eat plenty of vitamin D and calcium-rich foods. Stay active to improve your bone density. Find what works for you on the fitness front. Make sure it’s something you enjoy and will continue. Get on your feet for at least thirty minutes a day and use light weights to work your body. Work on balance for fall prevention.
It’s important to get your vitamin D levels tested. You may need a supplement or medication to help decrease risk of fracture and strengthen bones.
Listen as journalist Meredith Vieira and Dr. Susan Bukata join Dr. Pamela Peeke to educate about bone health and fracture prevention.
For more information about post-menopausal osteoporosis and fractures, visit www.BoneNews.com.
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