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Broken Bone? Get Checked for Osteoporosis
Broken Bone? Get Checked for Osteoporosis

        Should you find yourself with a broken bone, it is possibly due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, thereby increasing the risk of fractures from falls and other accidents.
        You could have the disease and not know it because osteoporosis weakens
bones but doesn’t make them hurt. A broken bone is often how the disease is discovered.
        The good news is that treatment is readily available, and there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of future broken bones.
        After suffering a fracture, talk to your physician about getting a DEXA scan—a fast, simple test that measures bone density. Based on this test, doctors can determine if you have osteoporosis or are at risk for the disease.
        If you have any risk of osteoporosis, talk with your physician about steps you can take to prevent the disease. A healthy diet and exercise will be part of any plan to reduce your risk.
        Should you be diagnosed with osteoporosis, keep in mind that with proper treatment, you can manage the disease and live an active life.

If You Have Osteoporosis
  • If you experience a bone fracture, talk with your physician about how you can stay healthy and avoid additional fractures.
  • Follow an exercise program to build muscle strength and improve balance that is approved by your physician. Appropriate exercise can reduce your
    risk of falling and breaking bones.
  • Eat a healthy diet that follows your physician’s recommendations.
  • Take the medicine prescribed by your physician.
  • Ensure your home is safe to reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects and be careful when walking or engaging in other physical activities.

The bottom line:
        If you break a bone and aren’t already taking osteoporosis medication, make sure you get a DEXA scan to check for osteoporosis. Be aware that a “heel test,” some times offered at health fairs and drug stores, is not an adequate test to check for osteoporosis.
        May is National Osteoporosis Month. Make sure that you’re informed about osteoporosis and broken bones!

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