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Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention month

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May 6th, 2014

May is National Osteoporosis Month and the challenge theme this year is to

Break Free From Osteoporosis

Did you know the following facts?

  • One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. 
  • A woman’s risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
  • A man is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation currently recommends 5 steps to help improve your bone health & prevent osteoperosis:

1. Get the calcium and vitamin D you need every day.

2. Do regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.

3. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol.

4. Talk to your healthcare provider about your chance of getting osteoporosis and ask when you should have a bone density test.

5. Take an osteoporosis medication when it’s right for you.

Get more general facts about osteoporosis by clicking here and here, and if you're over the age of 50, don't forget to ask your Primary Care Physician about your specific risk factors for the disease.

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