Osteoporosis is a serious health risk for everyone as we get older. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not just women who suffer from “brittle bone disease”. Men can also be at risk. Even those who do not have a family history of osteoporosis can benefit by protecting their bones from an early age.
Questions to Ask
The best person to give advice is your doctor, particularly if you have a family member who has had a hip or spinal fracture or has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Your physician knows your personal medical history, your family history and other factors about you, which makes them the best person to advise you personally about how to protect your bones. Find out the latest medical information by asking:
- Am I at risk of suffering from osteoporosis?
- How can I reduce that risk?
- Am I taking medications that increase the risk of fragile bones?
- Where can I arrange to have a bone density test?
- What does my T-score indicate? ( A T-score is the result of a bone density test).
- Is hormone replacement therapy good for preventing osteoporosis?
- What lifestyle changes should I make to minimize the risk of weak bones?
Having strong bones into old age is something that needs to be addressed before it happens, so take every possible precaution with a calcium rich diet, regular exercise to strengthen bones and the necessary supplements to meet any shortfalls.