While we just completed Osteoporosis Awareness Month in May, it is important that Osteoporosis stays in the forefront for many people. Approximately half of all women and a fourth of all men age 50 or over will break a bone at some point due to Osteoporosis. Each year about one third of all adults in the US age 65 or older experience a fall. Many of these falls result in broken bones. Yet, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 80 percent of older Americans who experience a broken bone are not tested or treated for Osteoporosis.
Developing Osteoporosis is not a normal part of the aging process. It is important to realize that strong, dense bones are built early in life. According to an article titled ‘Healthy Bones at Every Age’ by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, peak bone mass is achieved between the ages of 25 to 30. Bone mass density and strength are significantly impacted by lifestyle factors such as incorporating a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
While the consequences of Osteoporosis can be debilitating, they can be prevented and Osteoporosis is treatable. If you think that you might suffer from the effects of Osteoporosis, please speak to your physician about the treatment options that might be best for you.