According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 54 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and low bone mass.
Although it may seem strange to consider, bones are actually made of living tissue just like your skin and other organs. Getting plenty of exercise in addition to nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium are the best ways to maintain healthy, strong bones. However, the aging process often sets the stage for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis means “porous bone” and refers to when the amount of tissue inside the bones starts to decrease. Lower bone density means that bones are weakened and more susceptible to fractures, which occur most commonly in the wrists, hips, and spine.
Studies show that out of all Americans over 50, one in two women and one in four men will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Many are not diagnosed with osteoporosis until they have suffered a broken bone or another serious injury, which is why it’s important to have regular bone density tests.
Below are the most common factors that increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis.
Uncontrollable risk factors:
Controllable risk factors:
Besides making an effort to eliminate lifestyle risk factors that are under your control, you can also take preventative measures against osteoporosis by scheduling regular bone density tests, the frequency of which is dependent on individual risk factors. ZendyHealth works with providers that offer DEXA scans, which remain the preferred technique for measuring bone density, and can help you save from 20-80% on the average retail cost.