Quiz time! Which food has the most calcium per serving?
- Low-fat milk
- Low-fat yogurt
- Cream cheese
Bones: Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Not a Chance!
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. So let’s talk about the health of your bones. Because bones are hidden, they aren’t always top of mind! But they should be …
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. With osteoporosis, the bones’ density—which determines how strong and durable bones are—is low. Bones with low density become thin, brittle and weak. They may break from a bump or a fall, or even a strong sneeze.
Osteoporosis is common: 44 million Americans have it. About one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
What You Can Do:
- Share your family history with your doctor. Your primary care provider can help you assess your risk factors.
- Learn about calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients help build strong bones when you’re young and help maintain them as you get older.
- Exercise for bone health! Include weight-bearing exercise in your regular routine.
- Get tested. Talk to your primary care provider about getting a bone density scan.
- Talk with your provider. If you are at risk or have already developed osteoporosis, your provider can talk with you about treatment options.
Osteoporosis Can Sneak Up on You.
You won’t feel any different. So it’s important to work with your healthcare team before you experience symptoms, such as breaking a bone.
PacMed is committed to helping you keep your bones as strong and healthy as possible.
We’re Practically Neighbors
Check out more ways you can take care of yourself by following PacMed's Osteoporosis Awareness Month Pinterest Board.