The American Recall Center (www.recallcenter.com) is an HONcode verified site that aims to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date healthcare information as well as important drug and medical device recall information. This month they have set out on a mission to create awareness on osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis? Let us break this down. Our bones are living tissue that is always being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis happens when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal/breakdown of old bone. When this happens, it causes our bones to become weak and brittle. So brittle in fact, that a small fall or even a cough can cause them to fracture.
How do I know if I have osteoporosis? Typically there are no symptoms in early stages of bone loss. One usually will not notice a difference until the bones are weak. Once the bones have been weakened, one might experience back pain due to a fracture, loss in height, stooped posture and easily broken bones. If you start experiencing these types of symptoms consult your physician.
How does this affect me? The thing is males and females are at risk (I won’t bog you down with too many statistics; you can read other risk factors in an infographic below). If you are a younger adult you might be thinking, “Well I don’t have to be concerned with this right now because I am young.” One key to NOT develop osteoporosis is to take good care of yourself and your bones when you ARE young! Remember how osteoporosis develops? (Not growing enough bone to replace the old)- According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), our bones will reach their peak strength/mass for males and females between 20 and 30 years of age. Once we hit our 30’s we will gradually lose bone.
Here is an infographic from the American Recall Center that breaks down some of the statistics on this disease state.
What do we do to make sure we have taken optimal care of our bones? We take ACTION! While there are unchangeable risk factors such as age, sex, race, family history, and body frame size. There are dietary and lifestyle factors that can be changed for optimal health. One dietary factor to be aware of is our calcium intake. Here is a quick breakdown of calcium needs according to the AAOS:
· Boys and Girls age 10 to 20 years need at least 1,300 mg per day.
· Males and Females age 20 to 50 years need at least 1,000 mg per day.
· Females over age 50 years entering or have gone through menopause need 1,200 mg per day.
· Males and Females age 70 years and above need 1,200 mg per day.
Unhealthy habits can also increase your risk of osteoporosis. These include a sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco use.
www.choosemyplate.gov offers tips on how to get your calcium needs, how much physical activity you need and what types of activities you can do to promote bone health.
Don’t be vicious to your body, be nutritious and active! For more information on osteoporosis, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation or The American Recall Center. If you need assistance on nutrition education and physical activity, visit us at the Rec Center! Call 304-696-4REC (4732) to schedule your appointment today!
How do you keep your bones healthy?