October is Breast Cancer awareness month, which is the perfect time to bring other health issues women face into the spotlight. Women over 50 are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Osteoporosis is a condition where bone density is lost, causing bones to become weak, resulting in increased risk for fracture. Osteoporosis is caused by a drastic change in hormones and a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D. To follow are a few facts every woman should know about osteoporosis.
Facts About Osteoporosis
- Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis after age 50. Statistics show that one in three women develop the disease compared to one in five men.
- Developing bone mass is essentially an investment for your entire life. By age 18-20, 90% of total bone mass is acquired and stored for your entire life.
- Osteoporosis is often fatal. Twenty-five percent of women who suffer a fractured hip will die within the year from complications.
- Women do not have to fall in order to suffer a broken bone. Osteoporosis can cause bones to become to weak that they may break without trauma. This is called spontaneous fracture.
Tips for Keeping Bones Strong
- Physical activity and exercise are a major source for bone strengthening.
- Eat a well-balance calcium-fortified diet. The body absorbs calcium better through nutrition than it does from supplements. In addition to milk, a great source of calcium are dark, raw, leafy greens.
- Limit or discontinue alcohol and tobacco use.
- Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium.
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Keeping bones healthy is essential to a health life. For more information contact The Orthopaedic Center, with locations conveniently located in Sapulpa, Cushing, South Tulsa and Midtown Tulsa. We look forward to meeting you, give us a call at 918-582-6800.