Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Osteoporosis is a disease affecting 25% of women and 13% of men over the age of 50. Almost 2 million Canadians suffer each year. Women are often diagnosed with osteoporosis after menopause when the decline in estrogen or insufficient dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D causes an imbalance between the removal of old bone and the creation of new bone. This results in weaker bones which are more likely to break.
There are many Canadians living with osteoporosis who have yet to be diagnosed. Osteoporosis develops slowly, without pain, or noticeable symptoms—often the first sign is a broken bone. The most common types of osteoporotic breaks occur in the spine, hip and wrist.
Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is safe and painless. It provides a measure of the density of your bones. Knowing your risks can help you proactively manage your bone health. Stop by the Luther Village Wellness Centre to learn about how you can improve your bone health.
Adapted from www.healthandbone.ca
Wellness Coordinator, Luther Village