What is Osteoporosis?
Today, October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day.
Get your Bone Mineral Density test done today. It is a 2 minute non-invasive, simple procedure that can tell you if you are Osteoporosis free, Osteopenic (at high risk), or Osteoporofic (having Osteoporosis).
Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects both men and women, usually as they grow older. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. This leads to an increased risk of fractures. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis and avoid the often debilitating bone fractures that can result from the disease.
- Around the world, at least one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by weak bones.
- Thirty-three per cent of older adults who suffer a hip fracture become physically impaired and lose their ability to live independently one year after the fracture.
- At least one in five will die within the year following fracture.
- Vertebral (spine) fractures can cause extreme pain, long or short term disability, dowager’s hump, and significant loss in quality of life.
- Approximately half of all people who have had one osteoporotic fracture will have another.
- Eighty per cent of fragility fracture patients are neither assessed nor treated for osteoporosis or falls risk to reduce future fracture incidence.
- Treating fracture patients for osteoporosis can reduce the overall incidence of hip fracture by 20-25%.
Here are a few food habits that you can follow to avoid/delay Osteoporosis.
Say YES to:
- Low fat milk and dairy products
- Green leafy vegetables
- Pulses and grains
- Oily fish
- Sun light
- Physical exercise
Say NO to:
- Red meat
- Soft drinks
Here’s wishing you a fracture free life ahead.