Do you know that May is not only the month to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports but to also celebrate National Osteoporosis Month? During this month, the National Osteoporosis Foundation strives to raise awareness for osteoporosis, a disease which creates a loss of bone density.
Osteoporosis is a common disease that can occur as people age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems, and a loss of independence. There are no symptoms of this disease until you receive your first fracture and your doctor makes the diagnosis. Osteoporosis occurs when either the body loses too much bone tissue, makes too little bone tissue, or both. Through our lives, our body is constantly absorbing and replacing bone tissue. For young people, their bones tend to be denser and stronger. However, starting around the of age 35 new bone tissue creation slows down. This causes some people to no longer keep up with bone tissue loss, resulting in osteoporosis. With approximately ten million Americans living with this disease today, it is important to raise awareness to this truly crippling disease.
One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of fifty will break a bone due to osteoporosis. To prevent this from happening, it is important for you to maintain a healthy diet and weight. You can do this by staying physically active, whether it is going to the gym or even going outside for a 30-minute walk. You can also help prevent osteoporosis by drinking milk or taking vitamin supplements. Milk provides the calcium your bones need to stay healthy and strong. If you are lactose intolerant, seek a vitamin specialist to help aid you in finding the right vitamin supplement for you. Following these tips might help prevent broken bones, pain, suffering and even life-altering loss of mobility.
Osteoporosis is a common disease that can alter the way people live. There are ways to treat and prevent it, but this condition cannot be cured. If you think you have osteoporosis, please consult with your doctor.
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Article written by William Graves.