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By Entira Family Clinics


You value your health—in fact, you take great measures to keep your muscles strong, your heart pumping, and your other organs functioning. But how much care do you take with the bones in your body? The human skeleton is made up of 206 bones. If you don’t care for them properly, you could develop conditions such as osteoporosis.


Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

The risk of developing osteoporosis is high. One in four men and one in two women who are more than 50 years old will break a bone because of this condition. Some factors that lead to osteoporosis include:

•    Age. Anyone 50 or older is at higher risk for bone density loss. However, any person of any age can show symptoms.

•    Body size. Individuals with lower body weight or who have too small a body size are more likely to develop osteoporosis.

•    Family history. If anyone else in your family has suffered from osteoporosis, you are also at risk for displaying symptoms as you age.

•    Gender. Women are more at risk than men for developing osteoporosis. In fact, 80% of women develop osteoporosis, while only 20% of men manifest symptoms. Additionally, menopausal women have a higher chance of experiencing this condition.

Awareness is essential to prevent and understand osteoporosis. Talk to your provider to learn more about other factors that could cause the disease.


Tips for Osteoporosis Prevention

Because most of your peak bone mass (PBM) is gained during the late teens and early 20s, you should try to strengthen your bones during this period. Use the following tips to strengthen your bones and prevent bone density loss:

•    Don’t smoke.

•    Eat foods rich in vitamin D and calcium.

•    Eat plenty of foods that contribute to good bone health, such as vegetables and fruits.

•    Weight bearing exercises regularly.

•    Limit your alcohol intake to 1-2 drinks daily.

•    Treat any existing conditions, like kidney disease or vitamin-D deficiency, to strengthen your bones.


Another way to prevent osteoporosis is to have your bone density checked. When you meet with your health care provider, he or she will order a DEXA scan (or DXA). This machine uses a low-dose X-ray to measure your bone density.


Your Entira Healthcare provider can then recommend a treatment plan or offer additional insights so you can strengthen your bones and avoid developing osteoporosis.


For more osteoporosis prevention tips, get in touch with a medical professional at Entira Family Clinics. Call us at 651-788-4444.

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