World Osteoporosis Day
World Osteoporosis Day is October 20th which is a good reminder for everyone to have their bone density test. Most people do not realize that they are losing a significant percentage of bone if they have certain risk factors and bone loss can accelerate after menopause. The goal is to prevent osteopenia from becoming full blown osteoporosis.
It is a good idea to get a baseline bone density test before the standard age of 65. This test can help you assess your risk for fracture and for those of you who already have osteoporosis, ask for additional testing to determine the quality of your bones. Medical conditions, medicines, and lifestyle factors can take a toll on the bones. As we approach menopause, the estrogen levels begin to decrease, and we stop producing estrogen after menopause. Estrogen stimulates the bone cells to make new bone and therefore bone loss increases. Throughout of life, our physical activity, nutrition, and many other factors affect the our bone health. It is never too early or too late to start taking care of our bones.
How can you learn how to begin to improve your bone health? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer virtual consultations and training and in person sessions are available during October.