One in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men who are over 50 years old will break a bone because of osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The foundation adds that for women, the incidence is greater than that of a heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
Although it’s not a normal part of aging, osteoporosis is a serious disease that can affect one’s way of life, but it is treatable and preventable.
May is National Osteoporosis Month, but there are multiple ways to increase bone strength and overall bone health all year long.
Consult with your doctor
First, talk to your health care provider about whether you have a chance of getting osteoporosis and if you should have a bone density test. Be sure to take an osteoporosis medication when necessary.
Calcium, vitamin D and your diet
Be sure to finish that glass of milk! It’s one way to try to get the right amount of calcium and vitamin D needed daily.
You can also find calcium in other dairy products, like yogurt and cheese, but also in vegetables, such as collard greens and kale. A well-balanced diet can go a long way.
Try to not smoke and not drink too much alcohol, as well.
Exercises to consider
During your exercise regimen, consider doing muscle-strengthening exercises. Also consider any balance training or posture exercises that can help prevent accidental falls.
Consult with your doctor before starting a new routine or program.
These are just a few of the ways to strengthen bones and improve bone health. Be sure to learn more, discuss it with your doctor and find the routine that works best for you to help prevent osteoporosis.