Do you remember a selfie I took lying on a bone density scanner? I remember people asking, why are you doing that Laura? You are so young!
Let me tell you, seeing the results of that scan changed me. It made me appreciate my body even more. To see a picture of the base of my body for the first time was incredible and made me grateful that I can take care of myself with these types of exams.
Did you know that after 40 years of age, bone density in women decreases?
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And speaking of bones… Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases bone density and makes us prone to fractures as bones become more fragile.
I can’t take the risk!
1 out of 2 women 50 years and older in the U.S. will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis, and Osteoporosis causes two million bone fractures every year. Each year more U.S. women die from complications of hip fracture than from breast cancer. A woman’s risk of hip fracture equals her combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.
You do not need to be old to worry about prepping your bone health. “Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future” is the campaign for World Osteoporosis Day this year. I love this message! If we love our bones, we want them healthy and strong. We as patients need to know how to take care of our bone health in order to have a future and live with freedom. At the end of the day it’s about making choices that promote optimum long-term health for your body.
I love technology and how it helps me to supplement my health. Hologic is a leading developer of innovative healthcare products, like the DXA scan, with a non-invasive quick test to measure bone mineral density and osteoporosis, and assess for body composition. Hologic encourages women to live healthier lives everywhere, every day.
Here are a few ways you can do just that:
- Get to know risk factors: Many factors play a role in your risk for osteoporosis, including age, gender, lifestyle, medical history, family history and whether you take any medication or have medical conditions that can lead to bone loss.
- Get active: Doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is one of the best ways to protect against osteoporosis and broken bones.
- Get healthy: Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the key to eating for healthy bones.
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Getting a DXA scan is incredibly Important in osteoporosis prevention. This painless, 15-minute test will help predict your risk of breaking a bone, and statistics show older women who had a DXA had a 35% reduction in hip fractures during the following three years.
I, as a woman, and as a friend, encourage you to get a DXA scan. It’s not just about taking calcium every day; we need to know how to prevent osteoporosis. Here are a few tips from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) to prevent osteoporosis:
- Ask your Doctor: you need to know if your medical conditions can lead to bone loss and there are other Risks, like age, lifestyle, gender, and family history. Also, you have to avoid smoking and consuming too much alcohol.
- If you protect your muscles, your bones will get protected! Go active and do weight-bearing, muscle stretching, and other activities.
- Get healthy: Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the key to have healthy bones.
- Take the test: The painless, 15-minute bone density test -a scan- will help predict your risk of breaking a bone.