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Osteoporosis Risk And Prevention

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Knowing Your Risk During National Osteoporosis Month

Osteoporosis is a condition that primarily affects older adults. Bones become weak and can break more easily from a fall, or in serious cases, even from coughing or bumping into something.

 

A recent study by the non-profit organization American Bone Health revealed that 68% of 65-year-old patients were at moderate to high risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture. However, only 16% of high-risk patients were taking an osteoporosis medicine.

Do you know your risk for bone fracture? Find out with an easy online questionnaire. Click here to identify your 10-year “Fracture Risk.” If your current risk score shows you in the yellow or red zone, call your MAXhealth provider to schedule a consultation to discuss your bone health.

To improve your bone health, keep these tips in mind:

  • Try to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week

  • Quit smoking and cut down on alcohol

  • Lift weights, dance, or do yoga at least twice a week

  • Ensure your diet includes calcium, vitamin D, and protein

It’s also important to keep taking your prescribed medicines, unless your provider tells you to stop. Schedule a check-up today in our Patient Portal.