Office for the Aging

 

Celebrate World Osteoporosis Day: Saturday 10/20/18

Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because you may not know you have it until a broken bone occurs. Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin and weak, often resulting in fractures. These fractures can cause debilitating pain, reduced mobility, and impact your quality of life.

In the US, approximately 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. More than 500,000 spine fractures occur each year in the US. Spine fractures usually lead to a loss of height and sometimes cause pain.

Hip fractures, the most serious consequence of osteoporosis, usually occur in older adults as a result of a fall. About 300,000 hip fractures occur in the US each year, and approximately 25% of people die in the year following a hip fracture as a result of complications. Six months after a hip fracture, only 15 percent of people can walk across a room unaided. Unfortunately, once you have one fracture, the risk of another is much greater. That is why it is important to get treatment for osteoporosis following a hip or spine fracture to prevent future broken bones. In addition, if you have had a bone density test and been told you have osteoporosis, you should also consider treatment.

Steps for strong bones that may help reduce your risk for osteoporosis and fractures include:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet, including getting recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D
  • Being physically active (for example: walking, dancing, golfing)
  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Taking safety precautions to prevent falls
  • Speaking to your health care provider about your bone health

For more information about bone health, please call the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program at 845-786-4772 or visit www.NYSOPEP.org .

Source:The New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program, New York’s Resource for Healthy Bones