Osteoporosis is common. Both men and women start losing bone mass by the time we reach 50 and, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), it causes an estimated 2 million fractures every year.
But there is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life. The Center for Disease Control recommends that all women over 65, and post-menopausal women with a family history of hip fractures, contact their doctor for an osteoporosis screening.
Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Key recommendations include limiting alcohol use, not smoking, eating a diet high in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium; and physical activity, especially weight-bearing exercises proven to increase bone density. You can find more information about these recommendations at nof.org.
Increasing your balance, strength, and flexibility are also vital ingredients to reducing the falls that can cause osteoporosis-related fractures. Practice like yoga can improve all of these.
Interested in trying a simple yoga routine for flexibility? Learn more about the upcoming 3-week Chair Yoga series.
Learn about factors that increase the risk of falling and review strategies to keep you safe at home at the FREE presentation, “Slips, Trips, and Falls—Oh No!” with Sharil Cass, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Specialist. After the presentation, stay for a balance screening clinic where physical therapists will assess your personal fall risk and provide options for reducing it.
Contact our Outpatient Rehabilitation Services to learn more about our S.A.F.E. Fall Prevention Program at (603) 354-6630.
NOTE: Talk to your provider before starting any new exercise routine.