LIVEWELL MINUTE: Risk of Osteoporosis
Half of Americans older than 50 already have or are starting to develop osteoporosis and at risk of fractures because their bones are too thin.
Dr. Chris Covert, D.O, Methodist Plaza Internal Medicine says, “Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become fragile and break. If undetected and left untreated this can lead to fractures at the hip, spine, and wrist.”
Although thin, elderly, Caucasian women are at highest risk, other risk factors for osteoporosis include cigarette smoking, family history, low calcium intake and sedentary lifestyle.
Dr. Covert says, ”All women over 65 and younger post-menopausal women with risk factors should have a bone density test. These are available throughout the state and your doctor may be able to offer you treatment.”
To keep your bones healthy, Dr. Covert recommends:
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day;
- Maintain a healthy weight because extra weight stresses your bones;
- Don t smoke … and limit your alcohol intake;
- Make sure you get enough calcium and Vitamin D; and
- Talk with your doctor about any medications you re taking that could weaken your bones.