How to Prevent Osteoporosis Now
As many as one in two women and one in four men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. According to the foundation, osteoporosis is not a normal part of aging. Better yet, it’s treatable and, in some cases, even preventable.
“Osteoporosis is an age-related degenerative disease in which the bones become more fragile and more likely to break,” says Tiffany Hendrickson, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Surgical Optimization with Lee Health. “The framework inside the bones becomes so thin that even a mild fall or small bump against a doorway can break a bone. Fractures of the wrist, hip and spine are among the most common.”
So, the sooner you start keeping your bones healthy, the better off you’ll be in your later years.