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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the most common disease of the skeleton, and we are all potentially at risk.
Exercise and diet are the only treatments known to prevent this terribly debilitating disease.

7-10 million women and 2 million men suffer with osteoporosis.
Over 1.5 million broken bones occur each year because of osteoporosis.
40% of women over age 50 will have at least one fracture in their lifetime and 13% of men have that same risk because of osteoporosis.
Of the people who suffer a fracture, 24% of them will die within the first year and 85% of the survivors will be able to walk on their own, without a walker.

Exercise is extremely effective at combating osteoporosis. You see, it stresses the bones the same way it stresses your muscles. And only under stress do your bones and muscles get stronger. Like the other diseases discussed in GET MOVING, you have the power to change how you live and how you grow old.

Simple Tips to Combat Heart Disease: Get Walking
Go for a walk. Impact activities like walking, running, and jumping are great way to provide the mechanical stress needed to keep your bones strong. Do this at least 3 times a week for the rest of your life to prevent this disease.
Avoid swimming and water aerobics if bone strength is your goal. There is no impact or weight bearing, so there is very little stress on your bones.
Begin your preventative exercise program as young as possible. If you start well before menopause you can take advantage of estrogen’s positive effects on bone strengthening. That means teaching your daughters the value of a life time of exercise. Take her for the first walk of her life.
Make sure you’re getting enough calcium and Vitamin D. Check with your doctor for the appropriate dose for your age and disease state.
There are important safety precautions to take if you are osteopenic (weak bones) or osteoporotic (brittle bones). Please read GET MOVING for details.

 

 

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