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When many women turn 50, it’s not uncommon for their doctor to recommend they have a bone density test to see if they have osteoporosis. This common ailment weakens bones and is normally diagnosed in women.

With more than 200 million women being affected worldwide, it’s important to know if you’re at risk for developing osteoporosis and what you can do to prevent it.

 

Am I at risk?

Common risk factors for developing osteoporosis include:

  • Family history
  • You’re over 65
  • You’re a female
  • Don’t exercise
  • Deficiency of calcium and Vitamin D

Keep in mind it is possible to develop osteoporosis even if you don’t have any of these warning signs.  

Manage your bone health

If you have osteoporosis or are at risk for developing it, there are many ways you can strengthen and increase your bone density.

  • Exercise: Physical activity decreases the rate of bone loss. Workouts that include running and jumping are especially helpful in increasing bone density.
  • Consume more calcium: Eat calcium-rich food such as low-fat dairy products, green vegetables and almonds. There are also calcium pills available.
  • Increase Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight is a great way to increase Vitamin D consumption. You can also eat more salmon, tuna, juices and Vitamin D pills.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption: Women shouldn’t have more than one alcoholic drink a day and men shouldn’t have more than two.

If you have osteoporosis and have difficulty managing you bone density, the experts at Embassy Healthcare can help. By living in one of our communities, you receive around the clock care to manage all of your healthcare needs.

Send us a message or call 216-378-2050 to learn more.