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Bone health (osteoporosis)

As a woman, you have a higher risk for osteoporosis

Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis because they have smaller and thinner bones, and due to a drop in the estrogen hormone as they near menopause. Estrogen helps protect and maintain healthy bones In fact, a woman can lose up to 20 percent of her bone density in the five to seven years following menopause.

Here are some other facts about osteoporosis
  • Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, 80 percent are women.
  • Approximately one in two women age 50 or older will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
  • A women's risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.

Early prevention

Osteoporosis may be prevented and reduced by eating a proper a calcium-rich diet and doing weight-bearing exercises. The body needs 1000 to 1200 mgs of calcium each day, as well as Vitamin D, which can be found in eggs, milk, liver, and limited sunlight on the skin. It is important to decrease carbohydrates, soda, caffeine, alcohol and sugar intake. If you smoke, it's best to stop smoking.

Novant Health can help:

Osteoporosis is a long-term (chronic) disease that slowly weakens bones until they break easily. It is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. In some cases it may also be caused by medical conditions or medications.

We offer many programs to help prevent or manage osteoporosis, including:

  • Bone mass screenings (including bone density tests)
  • Individual consultations
  • Educational classes
  • Fitness and wellness programs
  • Advanced treatments for musculoskeletal conditions