Osteoporosis – are you in group of risk?


Why should you be concerned about osteoporosis risk?

44 million are at risk in the USA alone. 20% of them are men…who are more likely to die after a broken hip. And the risk to men is increasing rapidly as more of them live longer.

The rising tide of osteoporosis is part of why the Surgeon General has released a first-ever report on our nation’s bone health. The good news is that it will increase our awareness that there is a global epidemic of osteoporosis building.

The other news is his recognition that “the prevalence of bone disease and fractures is projected to increase markedly as the population ages. If these predictions come true, bone disease and fractures will have a tremendous negative impact on the future well-being of Americans.”

The best news from the Surgeon General is: “…as this report makes clear, [these predictions] need not come true: by working together we can change the picture of aging in America. Osteoporosis, fractures, and other chronic diseases no longer should be thought of as an inevitable part of growing old.”

Let me emphasize the importance of that last statement for you:

Osteoporosis is NOT part of normal aging.

There’s MORE!

The best news of all in his report is that scientists and professionals agree – osteoporosis can be prevented and treated. The Surgeon General emphasizes the urgent need to get this osteoporosis information out of research reports and into everyday language.

The secret life of bones means that most people don’t know they have osteoporosis (or osteopenia – its early stages) until they break a bone. I want to avert that tragedy.

Some people feel back pain as an osteoporosis symptom – after the vertebra breaks. However, osteoporosis symptoms are few if they even exist. Research shows that even with osteoporosis symptoms, people usually do not get adequate diagnosis and treatment.

I believe we can work together to stop this silent killer in its tracks. I offer this new research in simple language…so you can choose better bone health for yourself.

It is a disease with low bone mineral density – sometimes called brittle bones or thinning bones. Osteopenia is the serious alert stage between bone health and osteoporosis. It can be the beginning of osteoporosis. And please remember:

Osteoporosis is NOT part of normal aging.

 

Check out the table of contents.

 

Table of Contents

 Acknowledgements

 Section One: Understanding Bone Health

 A personal experience with bone health

          What Is Osteoporosis?

          Risk factors for Osteoporosis and Bone Fracture

          Important Facts to Remember

          Density

          Physical Qualities

          Spatial Relationships

          How Nutrients Influence Bone Bass

          Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

          Smoking, Alcohol & Caffeine

          The Impact of Stress

A patient’s responsibility

Section Two: Calcium and Your Bones

Good reasons to double your calcium intake immediately.

          Eat Smart

Taking Calcium Supplements as indicated

Calcium and Prescription Medication for Osteoporosis

          Fracture Protection

          The Secret Life of Bones

The Importance of Vitamin D

 Section Three: Beyond Calcium – Focus on Nutrition, Protein, and Vitamins

Other Nutrition for Bone Health

Serving Recommendations from the Food Pyramid

          Grains

          Fruits and Vegetables

          The Dairy Group

Proteins

Beyond Vitamin D Are Other Essential Vitamins

 Section Four: Exercise to Build Better Bones

In the News

Health Tip

Exercise to Build Better Bones

So what’s the problem?

What choices do we have?

Ultimate Model of Hope for Exercise to Build Better Bones

        Weight Bearing

          Weight Bearing Impact Aerobics

          Strength Training

          Stretching

          Balance Training

Research Shows Which Exercises Are Beneficial

Essential Ingredients of Your Exercise Program

The Main Goals of Your Exercise Program

Closing Summary and Prediction

5 Easy Steps to Build Better Bones

Prediction of a New Definition of Optimal Health

References

Appendix A: Bone Health Guide to Nutrition & Exercise

Appendix B: The Bone and Joint Decade

Appendix C – Some of the tests and measures that might be part of establishing your baseline

Appendix D – Medications for Osteoporosis

Appendix D – Medications for Osteoporosis

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