Osteoporosis affects both women and men. Over 53 million Americans either have osteoporosis or are at high risk of developing it. Osteoporosis is a disease marked by a loss of bone mass and a breakdown of the bone tissue’s structure. The result? An increased risk of bone fractures, especially in the spine, hip, and wrist. Therapists at Infinity Rehab stress the importance of bone health to their patients and aid in their recovery after an injury incurred from the disease.
Seniors may not realize they suffer from osteoporosis until they have a minor bump or fall that breaks a bone. It’s important to not only know the risk factors, but for seniors to take care of their bones as well.
Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis are:
- Women are at greater risk than men
- Risk increases with age
- Small, thin-boned women are at greater risk
- Too low over a lifetime of calcium and vitamin D puts you at greater risk
- Cigarette smoking is bad for bones and overall health
- Being inactive weakens your bones
What can you do to increase bone health and keep them strong? While there isn’t a cure for osteoporosis, here are a few tips:
- Get screened with a bone mineral density test
- If your doctor approves, do regular weight-bearing exercise
- Pursue a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking or consuming excess alcohol
- Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
Have questions? Check with Infinity Rehab staff for guidance.