World Osteoporosis Day – October 20th 2009

 

October 20, 2009 is World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) which aims to inform and educate people about the prevention of a disease that affects approximately 75 million people in USA, Europe and Japan.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones thin slightly, weaken and break more easily. Five years ago, it was declared a major public health threat by the Surgeon General’s report that warned osteoporosis had reached ‘epidemic’ proportions.

Though progress has been made in developing new treatments for this disease people are still being negatively impacted by it. Approximately every 20 seconds an American breaks a bone due to osteoporosis.  It is estimated that one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, while nearly half of all women over 50 will break a bone as a result of this disease.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation in the US it is estimated that by 2010, around 12 million people over the age of 50 will have osteoporosis, while another 40 million people will to have low bone mass.

Awareness and early prevention of osteoporosis are key aspects that can make this a more beatable and more treatable disease. A bone-healthy lifestyle that involves eating right with an appropriate amount of calcium and exercising are two essential aspects involved in preventing this disease.

McKenzie Medical Center’s Dr. Terry Colotta noted, “Having a dexascan takes less than 10 minutes. It is painless and the best test to detect osteoporosis.”

Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Bone Health:

  1. Get enough Calcium and Vitamin D every day.
  2. Do weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises.
  3. Keep healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  4. Improve your balance and prevent falls.
  5. Talk to your doctor about your bone health.

 

 
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