Should you talk to your healthcare provider about osteoporosis prevention?
Bone health is a lifelong commitment. Everyone should talk to his or her health care provider about bone health. It is never too early or too late to take care of your bones. It is important to speak with your health care provider so that you can identify your personal risk factors for osteoporosis and take actions to promote stronger bones.
What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?
Knowing your risk for osteoporosis is the first step in taking an active role to promote strong bones for life. There are many risk factors for osteoporosis, including personal health history, family history of osteoporosis, age, gender, ethnicity, certain medical conditions, certain medications, and lifestyle factors such as eating a nutrient-poor diet (especially if it is low in calcium), low vitamin D intake, getting too little physical activity, smoking, and drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages.
If you have risk factors for osteoporosis, does that mean you will get the disease?
Although risk factors may increase your likelihood of getting osteoporosis, having risk factors does not mean that you have or will get the disease. Once you know your personal risk factors for osteoporosis, you can take actions to reduce risk factors and promote stronger bones.
How can you promote strong bones?
To take an active role in promoting bone health, make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your risk factors for osteoporosis. Ask your health care provider how nutrition, physical activity, not smoking, and other lifestyle choices can help you promote stronger bones.
It is important to be prepared for your visit to your health care provider. Asking the right questions will empower you to make informed decisions about your bone health. Here are a few questions to ask:
Listed below are some of the risk factors for osteoporosis. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk for osteoporosis.