Help Reduce The Risk
Osteoporosis is extremely common. In fact, one out of two women over age 50 will sustain an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime. Osteoporosis affects middle-aged and older persons, especially those with a family history of fragile bones in later years.
You may be susceptible to osteoporosis if you:
- Are a postmenopausal woman
- Have a calcium-deficient diet
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Are a thin, petite woman
- Are sedentary
- Drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day
Men are also susceptible to osteoporosis
Although osteoporosis mainly affects women, more than 2 million men have the disease. In fact, one-third of men over the age of 75 have osteoporosis - and one in eight over the age of 50 suffer fractures related to this disease. After age 65, hip fractures are often more serious in men than in women. And men have a 26% higher death rate within a year after a hip fracture than women.
Warning signs in men include a change in posture and sudden back pain. However, the most common way osteoporosis is diagnosed in men is by a reduction in height or a fracture.
You can decrease your chances of getting osteoporosis
Eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, consuming adequate calcium and vitamin D from diet and supplements if needed, and doing weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, hiking and dancing may help reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis.*
Now is the time to start your family down the road to an osteoporosis-free future.