Hey EW Nation! We are about health! So, as part of health, we’d like to make you aware of National Osteoporosis Month. It’s a campaign headed by the National Osteoporosis Foundation intended to educate individuals on the prevention and management of Osteoporosis. Just take a look at their Jumping Jack Challenge Videos! https://www.nof.org/about-us/building-awareness/jumping-jack-challenge/
To help us learn more about Osteoporosis, CONSUMERSAFETY.ORG kindly offered us some information and resources regarding this topic:
About Medication Use
- “Experts say it is crucial to weigh the benefits of the medicine against the possible negative effect on the bones.”
- “The US National Library of Medicine reports that many doctors are unaware that commonly prescribed medications contribute to significant bone loss and fractures. This is why it’s important for patients to research their medications.”
- “Corticosteroids such as prednisone may be used as a therapy to treat rheumatologic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Severe inflammation caused by these conditions can damage critical organs, which is why steroids may be prescribed. Corticosteroids have been shown to cause glaucoma, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, so it’s essential for doctors to monitor a patient while going through steroid therapy.”
- “The elderly population has the highest risk for drug-induced osteoporosis. Drug-induced osteoporosis occurs when therapeutic agents increase the risk of significant bone loss and fracture.”
- “If you’re concerned about a medication casing bone loss, talk to your doctor to find out if there’s an alternative. Never stop taking a medication without speaking to your doctor first.”
- “A poor diet often consists of high fat, salty foods. Sodium causes calcium loss, which weakens bones over time.”
- Exercise strengthens muscles and improves overall bone health. Experts recommend incorporating weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises into a weekly routine for optimal bone health.”
About Gender and Age
- “Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, though men do develop the disease”
- “Did you know estrogen helps to protect the bones? This hormone decreases sharply when women reach menopause, which may lead to bone loss. This is why the chance of developing osteoporosis increases as a woman ages."
- “For both men and women, as a result of the aging process, the bone deteriorates in composition, structure, and function, which can predispose people to osteoporosis.”
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Consumersafety.org - Fact Sheet_National Osteoporosis Month(pdf).