Osteoporosis is often referred to as “the silent disease”. It affects approximately 10 million people in the US alone, and is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide. This includes approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80, and two-thirds of women aged 90. In addition, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds!
Osteoporosis means porous bone and is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous, risk of fracture is greatly increased – but people don’t usually know there’s an issue until the first fracture occurs.
Our bones are made from living tissue and are always changing. They grow and strengthen from birth to young adulthood, reaching their most dense state in our early 20s. At this point, bones begin a process called remodeling, which occurs when old bone cells begin to dissolve while new bone cells start forming in their place.
For people with osteoporosis, bone loss happens faster than bone remodeling, which is what causes bones to become porous and more likely to break and fracture.
It’s estimated that an osteoporosis-related fracture happens about every three seconds, and the most common fractures occur in the hip, spine, and wrist.
Half of all adults aged 50 and older are at risk of breaking bone and should be concerned about bone health
It’s never too early to start making changes to support healthy, strong bones – but these risks increase as we age, and the risk doubles every decade.
People used to think that osteoporosis was an inevitable part of aging, but today we know that we have options when it comes to preventing, detecting, and treating the disease – most of while involves making lifestyle changes.
Exercise, gender, heredity, race, diet, and hormone levels all play a role in keeping bones healthy throughout life.
During our time together, we’ll be discussing what measures YOU can take to protect and nourish your body naturally so that your bones can stay strong and healthy.
Before we get started, we’d love to learn a little bit about you and your family history.
Have you been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis?
Does it run in your family?
Have you been told that your age, sex, lifestyle habits, or ethnicity put you at a higher risk?
Do you have any specific questions that you’re looking to get answered?
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