Today is World Osteoporosis Day, and we’d like to share in the effort to raise awareness about osteoporosis and what you can do to encourage healthy bones and take early steps to prevent the disease. The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s campaign this year is “Love Your Bones – Protect Your Future” and we support that message!
Why is bone health important? If your bones are fragile, you’re more prone to fracturing them. Falling or even sneezing can lead to a broken bone. And some fractured bones can be life threatening. In the world, one in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis. But osteoporosis is not inevitable. There are preventive measures everyone can take to keep their bones healthy and strong.
No matter what your age is, there are things you can do to improve bone health. All of these steps will also help improve your general health.
- Get regular exercise. You should include weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises into your routine. Here are some example exercises you can try. If exercise is difficult for you or you have limited mobility, talk with your doctor about what types of exercise you can do to help improve bone health. (Make sure to consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise routines.)
- Eat a healthy diet that promotes bone strength and health. Calcium, vitamin D, and protein are all essential for healthy bones. Dairy is an excellent source of all three nutrients.
- Visit your doctor. Having regular doctor’s visits and talking about bone health can go a long way toward helping you because your doctor can monitor your bone density and help you find the best ways to live a bone-healthy lifestyle.
- Avoid lifestyle habits that can damage your bones and health. If you smoke, quit. Try to cut back on alcohol consumption if you have more than two drinks a day. And work to maintain a healthy weight.
Today and every day, give yourself the gift of healthy bones. For more information on ways Home Care Assistance caregivers help promote overall health and wellness, click here to learn about our Balanced Care Method™!