May is National Osteoporosis Month, dedicated to empowering you to understand this disease and take steps to prevent it.
Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones that effects both women and men. As bones become less dense, they are more likely to break. In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Besides fractures, osteoporosis increases one’s risk of limited mobility, isolation, pain and soaring healthcare costs. Find more facts here.
You can prevent osteoporosis by knowing your risks and facing them head on: age, family history, and a small body size are risk factors you cannot control, but you can improve your diet, physical activity, and weight while avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake.
Just One Thing to do: Eat fruits and vegetables every day, and increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D by consuming yogurt, milk, sardines, tofu, and fortified orange juice, soymilk and other non-dairy beverages.
Just One More Thing to do: Get some physical activity every day, such as walking and using exercise bands. Find more ideas here.