How Can I Prevent Osteoporosis?
May is national osteoporosis prevention month; osteoporosis, which affects over 10 million Americans, is a disease that weakens the bones. This can lead to bone fractures from minor falls. It is estimated that half of all women over age 50 and one in four men will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The fractures are more common in the hips, spine and wrists. This disease may also affect your height and posture.
Risk factors for osteoporosis development include: being over the age of 50, female gender, post-menopausal status, positive family history, low body weight/small body frame, tobacco use, inactive life-style, excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption, and low dietary consumption of calcium and vitamin D.
Your physician may order a DXA scan test to screen for osteoporosis and determine your bone density. This is a type of X-Ray that measures bone mass in your spine and hip. To prevent osteoporosis, it is recommended to consume 1200-1500mg of calcium with 800mg of vitamin D daily. Your physician may also recommend vitamin K and magnesium supplementation. Daily weight bearing exercise also helps strengthen bone mass.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida. Please call the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.