The Osteoporosis Risk Factor That Affects 1 Out Of Every 2 People

By Sheila Warren, RN, BCN, LCCE,
Women's Health Navigator

What do you think is the biggest risk factor for osteoporosis? Age? Calcium intake? Heredity? Actually, it is simply being female.

While men can get osteoporosis too, 80 percent of sufferers are women, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Women are also more susceptible to fractures than men. That’s why it’s so important for women to keep their bones strong and healthy at every age.

The best way to prevent osteoporosis?
Start early. Healthy lifestyle choices need to begin around age 20, when bone density is at its peak. These early healthy steps will contribute most to the prevention of osteoporosis.

But it’s never too late. So whether it’s you, your mother, or your daughter, protect bone health with these 5 tips:

  • Exercise regularly to strengthen bones and the muscles surrounding the bones.
  • Get the recommended daily amount of calcium (1,000 milligrams) and vitamin D3 (400–800 international units).
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit soda consumption, including diet drinks, to one or two servings per week

Gwinnett Medical Center is launching a new one-on-one health & wellness consultation program with me as your women’s health navigator. Think of me as your friend who works at the hospital. I can offer personalized guidance on a range of issues faced by women and their families. Some topics might include fertility treatments, menopause, men’s health issues and more. To learn more or schedule a free wellness consultation with me, call 470-312-6947.


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