The Silent Disease: Osteoporosis and Tips on Prevention


A staggering 9 million Americans have osteoporosis and an additional 48 million are at risk.* This is Osteoporosis Awareness Month and at MALO Health & Wellness, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive care, in one convenient location, to help them lead healthy, active lives.

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin and weak, making them more susceptible to fractures, especially as people age. It is estimated that approximately half of all women older than 50 years of age, and as many as one in four men, will suffer broken bones due to osteoporosis. The rate of bone loss varies among individuals and is likely influenced by both genetic factors and lifestyle choices.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prevent or fight off the onset of osteoporosis:

  • Change your diet: Eat a diet high in vegetables and fruits and low in refined foods, sugar, and alcohol.
  • Take supplements: Make sure you are getting enough Calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Create An Exercise Routine: Visit one of our expert physicians to tailor an exercise routine specifically for you. Exercise can help build muscle to support your bones and prevent injury.
  • Limit Your Caffeine: Caffeine causes your body to excrete calcium more readily and is a diuretic. Limit your intake to about three cups per day.
  • Quit Smoking: Studies show a direct correlation between smoking and bone density.**

Our world-class experts at MALO Health & Wellness are always available to answer any of your questions regarding disease prevention and treatment. Call us at (201) 549-8890.

Sources:
* http://www.nof.org/
**http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/Conditions_Behaviors/
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