Bone Health

How Can I Keep My Bones Healthy?

Keep your bones as healthy as possible with these recommendations:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Get regular exercise, especially weight-bearing exercise such as walking and dancing
  • Get the amount of calcium and vitamin D your provider recommends

What Is Osteoporosis?

Aging is normal; losing bone strength doesn’t have to be. Osteoporosis is a disease that can leave your bones thin, brittle and more likely to break. Working with your health care provider and starting preventive care measures can help offset or slow down osteoporosis.

The bones most likely to be affected by osteoporosis are the hips, wrists and spine. Symptoms can include pain in your bones and muscles, especially your back.

Am I at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis affects women 4 times more than men. Other risk factors include:

  • Aging – bones weaken and lose density with age
  • Family history
  • Lifestyle factors – these may include smoking, caffeine use, lack of activity, excessive alcohol use, lack of calcium and vitamin D in your diet
  • Medications
  • Race – white and Asian women are at highest risk
  • Weight – people with lower weight and less muscle are at higher risk

What Treatment Do I Need for Osteoporosis?

If you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis through bone density testing, your doctor may advise the following treatments:

  • Exercise to improve your physical fitness and prevent falls
  • Improved nutrition
  • Prescription medication
  • Proper weight management
  • Supplements of calcium and vitamin D

Talk to your Banner Health provider about the bone health plan that’s right for you.

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