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Them Bones, Them Bones…

Osteoporosis is a top health concern for women, though rarely mentioned. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture. (National Osteoporosis Foundation) As women, we perform monthly breast checks and watch for changes in moles on our skin, but seldom discuss protecting our bones. Some simple lifestyle choices you make today can lower your risk of developing thinning bones and fractures in the future.

  • Lose the belly fat: “Belly fat appears to produce an inflammatory response, which raises risk of heart disease and diabetes and can accelerate bone loss”, say Felicia Cosman M.D., Clinical Director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Maintaining a healthy overall body weight is essential for healthy bones.
  • Eat Calcium rich foods: Adults should consume 1000mg/day up to age 50 and then increase to 1200mg/day after age 50.
  • Take Vitamin D: Essential for calcium absorption.
  • Get Moving: Bones are living tissue. Weight-bearing physical activity causes new bone tissue to form, which makes bones stronger. When muscles push and tug against bones during physical activity, bones and muscles become stronger.
  • Promote healthy habits: Drink milk and limit carbonated beverages and caffeine to promote bone health.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol: these can slow down the body’s ability to form new healthy bone cells and predispose bones to fractures.
  • Talk to your doctor about having a bone density evaluation.

Promoting healthy bones is a lifelong commitment. Your bone healthy actions can make a difference in the prevention of osteoporosis!!

 

Mary Shenoo, RN, BSN, CCM,CWC


Ms. Shenoo joined Managed Care Concepts in 1993 as a Case Manager and Utilization Review Nurse Supervisor. In 1996, she was promoted to Executive Director. Her responsibilities now include: Oversight and Program Development for all departments. She serves as the liaison to the Medical Director, is the Organ Transplant Coordinator, and is a participating member of the MCC, Inc. Quality Management Committee.