Osteoporosis is called a silent disease because of the slow, relentless, often symptomless way it robs bones of strength. People often don’t know they have osteoporosis until a painful fracture occurs. The National Osteoporosis Foundation found that about half of all women over 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, and about 1 in 4 men will, too. Aging, not getting enough exercise, and too little dietary calcium are key risk factors for osteoporosis, but they are not the only ones. These factors also can cause bone loss or interfere with absorption of calcium and vitamin D: • Smoking • Chemotherapy • Excessive alcohol consumption • Specific medications, such as the contraceptive Depo-Provera, steroids and antidepressants • Weight-loss surgery • Kidney disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis To keep your bones healthy, eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables and calcium, along with adequate vitamin D. Bones get stronger and denser with weight-bearing exercises, so join a weight-training class or take up jogging. Good balance and range of motion can prevent falls, so take regular walks and consider yoga or dance classes.
Posted on Fri, May 27 2016