Osteoporosis, which means “porous bones,” is both preventable and treatable, regardless of age, through engaging in healthy behaviors and safe physical activity. Moreover, eating nutrient-rich foods and participating in exercises promoting better posture, stamina and coordination can contribute to maximum bone health.
A person’s risk of breaking a bone depends on various factors, including age, gender, genetics, other chronic medical conditions and medication(s) used. Below are some facts about osteoporosis in the United States and in the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
1. Partake in weight bearing activities that require a variety of movements, including pickleball, tennis, yoga, dancing or weight training.
2. Eat foods dense in calcium, vitamin D, protein and magnesium.
3. Stop smoking and vaping and reduce alcohol intake.
Bone health starts in childhood. Children build the majority of their bone density between the ages of 9 and 14 and reach peak bone mass in adulthood around age 30. Parents and caregivers can encourage children to begin healthy practices to grow strong bones before their tween years.
A bone density test (DXA scan) is a non-invasive X-ray that allows healthcare professionals to determine the density of the bone. The scan helps doctors and other medical practitioners to diagnose osteoporosis, manage bone loss and prevent fractures.
Sources: American Bone Health, Amgen, National Institutes of Health, and Symphony Health Solutions