Here at Gentle Professional Foot Care we could not let May come to an end without recognizing National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a patient’s bones weaker and more likely to break. It’s estimated that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. What’s more, many people don’t even realize they have the disease until they break a bone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take no matter what your age to help prevent fractures from osteoporosis. These include:
- Pack your diet with calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is known to build strong bones and vitamin D helps your body better absorb calcium. In addition to well known sources of calcium—milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products, add leafy greens like broccoli, bok choy and turnip greens to your menus.
- If you are concerned that you don’t get enough calcium and vitamin D in the foods you eat, look for cereals, milk and juice that have been fortified with these nutrients. Supplements are also available.
- Quit smoking—it weakens bones.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Take a dance class or try a new sport like tennis or biking. Weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise can both help increase bone strength.
- Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Not only will this help you get the nutrients your bones need, it will also help you maintain a healthy weight. Obesity puts excess strain on bones and can increase the risk of fractures.
- Fall proof your home by keeping pathways to each room clear and removing tripping hazards like throw rugs, electrical cords and floor planters.
- Know your personal osteoporosis risk. Talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey to learn about factors that may increase your likelihood of getting osteoporosis and also about bone density and other tests that may help assess your present condition.