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Osteoporosis - thinning of the bones

July 27, 2015

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) found women who are small-boned and thin are more susceptible to osteoporosis.

Twenty-eight million Americans, mostly women, suffer from osteoporosis – dangerous thinning of the bones which is caused by bones losing mass faster than it is renewing it. Each year 430,000 Americans will be hospitalized because of fractures related to osteoporosis. Of those women, about one in two will be older than 50, according to the NOF.

Other risk factors include:

  • History of fractures as an adult or having a parent who has had a fracture
  • Smoking or drinking three or more alcoholic beverages a day
  • 20% of those who have osteoporosis are Caucasian or Asian over the age of 50
  • The risk of developing osteoporosis is rapidly increasing for the Hispanic population

One way to decrease risk of breaking a bone is exercise. Exercise improves muscle strength, balance, coordination and agility, all of which can reduce your risk of falling, says Katherine Gunter, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Oregon State University.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation advises 4 steps to help protect your bones:

 

      • Get enough calcium and vitamin D and eat a well-balanced diet.
      • Engage in regular exercise.
      • Eat foods that are good for bone health, such as fruits and vegetables.
      • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.

 

*Sources: Naturalhealthmag.com, http://nof.org/learn/prevention

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