The Henry and Stark County Health Departments note, Did you know that two million broken bones occur every year in the U.S. due to osteoporosis? It’s true, but most people get their fracture fixed without ever realizing they have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Join the Health Departments and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, in celebrating National Osteoporosis Month this May by taking action to Break Free from Osteoporosis. Break Free from Osteoporosis is a campaign that encourages everyone to get to know their risk factors for osteoporosis and make the lifestyle changes needed to build strong bones for life.
Here are some important facts about osteoporosis:
• Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. Approximately 9 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 43 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.
• This means that nearly 60% of adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health.
• One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
• There is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are steps you can take to prevent, slow or stop its progress. Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are keys to preventing and managing the disease.
RaeAnn Tucker, Director of Health Promotion with the Henry and Stark County Health Department, notes “The Health Department and the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends five steps to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis.”
1. Get the calcium and vitamin D you need every day.
2. Do regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.
3. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol.
4. Talk to your healthcare provider about your chance of getting osteoporosis and ask when you should have a bone density test.
5. Take an osteoporosis medication when it’s right for you.
Bone density checks are available at the Health Department’s main office, Route 78 South, Kewanee by appointment. For more information about our bone density checks or any of our women’s health services or to schedule an appointment, just call the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or you can find us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter.