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Bone and Joint health: Steps to ensure strong, healthy bones and joints.

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Bone and Joint health: Steps to ensure strong, healthy bones and joints. joint health It's important to make sure you're on track for good health. As you get older, bone and joint problems can occur for both men and women. Simple wear and tear can lead to osteoarthritis, and the weight gain that often comes with age puts even more stress on joints.  For women, though, the story is more complicated. To begin with, a woman's bone mass is generally lower than a man's. And the decrease in estrogen that comes with menopause brings a higher risk for weak bones from osteoporosis. Additionally, mechanical differences in the way women's thigh, hip and butt muscles are engaged — in combination with the angle between the hip and knee — puts them at a higher risk for injuries than men, especially injuries to the knee cap and anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. In midlife, women are also at higher risk than men for overuse injuries, such as stress fractures and tendonitis. Tips for better bone and joint health: Keep moving. Exercise is key. A well-designed exercise program including aerobic exercise, stretching and lifting weights can help you avoid injuries. Weight-bearing activities, such as walking, jogging and dancing, can help keep bones healthy. The secret is to begin slowly with an easy activity, such as walking, and build up to more strenuous exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity — either all at once or 10 minutes at a time — on most days of the week. But if it's been a while since you’ve been active, talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise program to ensure you don't have any health problems that might make exercising risky.   Eat a bone-healthy diet. Calcium is the most important nutrient for bones, and vitamin D helps the body absorb it. In addition to finding both in dairy products and fish, some foods and beverages, such as orange juice, are fortified with calcium, and it’s in some green vegetables. The amount of calcium and vitamin D  you need varies with age, so make sure you’re getting enough — but not too much — at each stage of your life.    Taking a proactive approach to prevention  Have a baseline bone density test, or DEXA scan, for all women at age 65, or earlier if you are at high risk for developing osteoporosis. This allows you to start treatment as soon as necessary. Have additional questions about bone and joint health? Talk to your doctor about how they can help.

Know your bones – Osteoporosis Month

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  UFMC-BlogImage To bring awareness to the general public about Osteoporosis, the National Osteoporosis Foundation has coined May as National Osteoporosis Month.  In an effort to promote the importance of bone healthy, the organization is building awareness, education, advocacy and research programs to keep the public informed of osteoporosis. It’s never too early to start caring about your bone health. You can help decrease your chances of getting osteoporosis and broken bones by building strong bones throughout your life. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

  • 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for broken bones.
  • Osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones every year in the U.S.
  • One in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis.
  • Osteoporosis-related bone breaks cost patients, their families and the healthcare system $19 billion annually.
  • Experts forecast that by 2025, osteoporosis will be responsible for three million fractures resulting in $25.3 billion in costs.
For more information on Osteoporosis prevention and treatment options, contact us today.

Osteoporosis Prevention

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Unfortunately, Osteoporosis is far too common. Due to contrary belief, osteoporosis is not a general sign of aging and is not just caused by too much activity earlier in life. There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis and protect your bones. You’re never too young or too old to start protecting and improving bone health. Prevention should start as a child and continue throughout your life. Good habits that you can form to help your bone health include:

  • Get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D - each and every day from a well balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat bone healthy foods such as vegetables and fruit
  • Limit your alcohol intake to a maximum of 2-3 drinks per day
  • Avoid smoking
We can help you get on the right track to healthy bones. Ask your doctor about osteoporosis prevention next time you are here for a visit.

Osteoporosis

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Unfortunately, Osteoporosis is far too common. Due to contrary belief, osteoporosis is not a general sign of aging and is not just caused by too much activity earlier in life. There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis and protect your bones. You’re never too young or too old to start protecting and improving bone health. Prevention should start as a child and continue throughout your life. Good habits that you can form to help your bone health include:

  • Get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D - each and every day from a well balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat bone healthy foods such as vegetables and fruit
  • Limit your alcohol intake to a maximum of 2-3 drinks per day
  • Avoid smoking
We can help you get on the right track to healthy bones. Ask your doctor about osteoporosis prevention next time you are here for a visit.