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Osteoporosis 101

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Contrary to popular opinion, Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. There is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life.

Over 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men develop osteoporosis which causes bones to become abnormally thin, weakened and easily broken.

You can build strong bones and help prevent osteoporosis with weight-bearing exercise and a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Young women in particular need to be aware of their risk for osteoporosis. They can take steps early to slow its progress and prevent complications.

  • Exercise can help to prevent and treat thinning bones. Exercise should be done for at least 30 minutes three times per week. Any weight-bearing exercise like walking is appropriate.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking cigarettes can cause bones to become thinner and weaker.
  • Falling can cause fractures in the elderly. Preventing falls can lower the risk of fractures.
  • Use of medications when appropriate and directed by your physician can prevent or slow the progress of osteoporosis.

If you are concerned about osteoporosis and preventing damage to your bones, call UNC Regional Physicians Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine at 336-878-6520 for an appointment with Dr. John Tipton today or visit www.RegionalPhysicians.com for more information.