25 Facts About Your Bones and Osteoporosis

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1 Facts about Your Bones and Osteoporosis 25 Bone is living, growing tissue that is both flexible and strong. 1. Throughout life, you are constantly losing old bone and forming new bone. 2. Osteoporosis happens when you lose too much bone, make too little of it or both. 3. Bone loss usually speeds up at midlife in both men and women. 4. 5. Osteoporosis and the broken bones it causes can be prevented. age women and up to 6. one in four men About half of all 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. 7. Some medicines and some diseases can cause bone loss. Diseases more common in African American women, such as sickle cell anemia and lupus, 8. can lead to osteoporosis. 9. About 2 0 percent of Asian American women age 50 and older have osteoporosis. 10. By age 80, Caucasian women lose about one - third of the ir hip bone density. 11. Broken hips among Latinas in the U.S. appear to be on the rise. 12. If your mother or father broke bone as an adult , you may be at risk for osteoporosis. s Women lose up to 20 percent of their bone density in the five seven years after - to - 13. menopause. 14. Today approximately 9 million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis. 15. About 1.5 million men and 7.5 million women have osteoporosis. 16. People with osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker, and many people do not know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone. 17. People with osteoporosis most often break a bone in the hip, spine or wri st. 18. Bones break more easily in people with osteoporosis, sometimes from simple actions such as sneezing, hugging or bumping into furniture. 19. A broken bone in the spine can cause sharp back pain or no pain at all. 20. is before you break a bone. Ask your healthcare provider Find out if you have osteoporos when you should have a bone density test. You need to get enough calcium and vitamin D every day to keep your bones healthy. 21. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables benefits your bones and o verall health. 22. 23. African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are more likely to be lactose intolerant than Caucasians it difficult to get enough calcium from foods . , making 24. You should exercise at least 2½ hours every week for str ong bones . 25. ! tion You are never too young or too old to protect your bones. Now is the time to take ac 4222 1150 17th St., NW, #850 • Washington, DC 20036 • (202) 223 - 2226/(800) 231 -

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