Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Many people are unaware of the link between fractures and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass, which makes bones more likely to break. Low bone density and osteoporosis are common. The American Bone Health Prevalence Report states that more people in the United States suffer a fragility fracture each year than are diagnosed with a heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined, and the prevalence is projected to significantly increase as the population ages.
Bone Health Conditions
- Fragility Fractures: A fragility fracture is a broken bone that results from a fall from standing height or less, often due to low bone density or osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive bone loss associated with an increased risk of fractures. The term osteoporosis literally means "porous bone." The disease often develops unnoticed over many years, with no symptoms or discomfort until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis often causes a loss of height and dowager's hump (a severely rounded upper back).
- Low bone density (Osteopenia): Low bone density is defined as bone density that is lower than normal, but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. It may mean that you have a greater chance of getting osteoporosis if you lose bone in the future because you have less bone to lose. People with low bone density are more likely to break a bone compared to people with normal bone density.
Bone Health Resources
The good news is there are number of things you can do to prevent osteoporosis and improve the strength of your bones. Below are a few things to get you started:
Because falls account for 50 percent of fractures, even patients with low bone density can prevent fractures by avoiding falls. Doylestown Health Rehabilitation Therapy hosts fall risk lectures and balance screenings where individuals can learn simple steps to decrease their risk, or that of a loved one.
Calcium is important for preventing osteoporosis and bone disease, as it's a major building-block of our bone tissue. Our skeleton houses 99 percent of our body's calcium stores.
The Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education has developed a tool called the FORE Fracture Risk Calculator© for patients to assess their bone health and future fracture risk. This calculator uses multiple standard risk factors such as smoking, family history and medical conditions to calculate a 10-year fracture risk.
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