May 14, 2019
Osteoporosis is a condition marked by weak, brittle bones, and more than half of adults over the age of 50 are at risk. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, but many have no idea they are at risk and don’t take proper precautions like increasing calcium and vitamin D intake, exercising to build bone strength, taking medications and actively avoiding potentially dangerous falls.
Osteoporosis is known as a “silent disease” because many people don’t know they have it until they fracture something. But waiting to find out can be dangerous. Make an appointment with your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms, and they will likely do a bone density test to get to the bottom of your bone health.
There are ways to prevent and treat osteoporosis, but you need to know your risk and address deficiencies before they become major problems. Talk to your provider about your bone health and take steps to ensure your bones stay healthy as you age! To learn more visit www.wechoosenps.org.