For Your Health

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month

      Osteoporosis, or porous bones, is known as "the silent thief" because it steals minerals from your skeleton without symptoms or pain until a bone breaks.  It is a common misconception that osteoporosis is an inevitable part of growing older.  Fortunately, prevention strategies are simple and practical lifestyle choices.  These include a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and weight bearing exercises that work the bones against gravity.  Not smoking and limiting alcohol intake will also help your bones stay strong.

      Food sources rich in calcium include fat-free yogurt, skim milk, canned sardines, dried figs, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, broccoli, almonds, green leafy vegetables, salmon, and calcium fortified orange juice.  Risk factors for osteoporosis includer gender,( women more than men), age, family history, ethnicity, (Caucasian and Asian are at highest risk), body size and lifestyle.

      To determine if you have osteoporosis Bone Densitometry has become the gold standard.  Sometimes referred to as a DEXA scan (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) bone densitometry is the test for the evaluation of osteoporosis.  It is a low-dose x-ray that checks for signs of mineral loss and bone thinning.  To schedual a DEXA scan at DRA call our Waterbury office at 203-756-8911.  For more information about osteoporosis log onto the National Osteoporosis website at http://www.nof.org/