21 Facts about Your Bones and Osteoporosis
Bones are living, growing body organ that is both flexible and strong.
Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone.
Osteoporosis occurs when you lose too much bone, make too little of it or both.
Bone loss is usually greater than bone formation beyond mid-life in both men and women.
Osteoporosis and the broken bones it causes, are preventable.
About half of all women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Some diseases and medicines can cause bone loss.
By age 80, caucasian women lose about one-third of their hip bone density.
Broken hips appear to be on the increasing and are the cause of 1150 deaths every month in the UK alone.
If your mother or father broke bones as an adult, you may be at risk for osteoporosis.
Women lose up to 20% of their bone density in the five-to-seven years around the menopause.
There are approximately 3 million people in the UK with osteoporosis.
People with osteoporosis have no symptoms and cannot feel bones getting weaker, and many people do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.
People with osteoporosis most often break a bone in the wrist, spine or hip.
Bones break more easily in people with osteoporosis, sometimes from simple actions such as sneezing, hugging, lifting or bumping into furniture.
A broken bone in the spine can cause sharp back pain or no pain at all.
You need to get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients every day to keep your bones healthy. If you are lactose intolerant, it is difficult to get enough calcium from foods.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables benefits your bones and overall health.
You need to exercise at least 2½ hours every week for strong bones.
You are never too young or too old to protect your bones. Now is the time to take action.
Find out if you have osteoporosis before you break a bone. Ask your healthcare provider when you should have a bone density test.