Osteoporosis is a bone disease affecting one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50. When the density and bone mass decreases, so does bone strength causing bones to become brittle and weak. Even mild bumps and falls can cause a bone to fracture. It typically develops slowly and can be attributed to a lifelong lack of calcium.

Unfortunately, only 20% of patients with osteoporotic fractures are actually diagnosed or treated for osteoporosis, the underlying disease, according to worldosteoporosisday.org. Osteoporosis is not a curable disease, but lifestyle changes can make improvements. Weight-bearing exercises with muscle strengthening and balance training are optimal ways to protect against fractures. Make sure to include bone-healthy foods high in calcium, Vitamin D, and protein in your diet. Also, talk to your doctor about common risk factors or family history and what medications may poorly affect bone health.

Make sure to protect yourself by being aware and making any necessary changes to maintain a good quality of life. If you would like to learn more about osteoporosis or see if you or a loved one are at risk visit: https://www.worldosteoporosisday.org/