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Are you doing everything you can to make your bone health a priority?
The Know my bones Council urges women with postmenopausal osteoporosis to make bone health a priority since broken bones due to osteoporosis are more common in women than breast cancer, heart attacks, and strokes combined. Despite the importance of bone health, many women with postmenopausal osteoporosis are not doing everything they can to keep their bones strong, such as following bone-healthy diet, exercise, and treatment plans. This is why it is so important for women with postmenopausal osteoporosis to take action. You can start by talking openly with your healthcare provider about your bone health. Together, women with postmenopausal osteoporosis and their healthcare providers can discuss a plan that will actually work, including diet, exercise, and medicine if appropriate. What’s Your Plan for Bone Health? Do you follow all the advice from your healthcare provider? Do you tell your healthcare provider if you are taking your medicine differently than prescribed? Have you missed doses or all together stopped taking your medicine? A recently published study of 412 physicians shows that only about half of women with osteoporosis are following their treatment plan, but their doctors don’t know it. This study showed doctors thought that 69 percent of their
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patients were taking their medication as prescribed; however, according to pharmacy claims data, only 49 percent of women with postmenopausal osteoporosis were adhering to their medication. similarly, various studies suggest that 50 percent of patients have poor adherence to treatment after only one year, and an analysis of data spanning 14 years found that adherence with osteoporosis therapy is poor, with many patients stopping therapy soon after they start. These startling facts can have significant consequences. in fact, one in two women older than the age of 50 will experience a broken bone due to osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. broken bones due to osteoporosis may often lead to pain, disability, and sometimes loss of independence. while we can picture the important role other organs like the heart and brain play in the body, we don’t realize how important our bones are. but they too are a living organ, working every day to store important minerals, protect our vital organs, provide shape and form to our body, and allow movement. Despite the importance of bone health, many women with postmenopausal osteoporosis are not doing everything they can to keep their bones strong, such as following a bonehealthy diet, exercise, and treatment plan. This is why it is so important for women with postmenopausal osteoporosis to take action. They can start by talking openly with their healthcare provider about their bone health. Together, women with postmenopausal osteoporosis and their healthcare providers can discuss a plan that will actually work. improved communication between patients and
Questions to ask Your Healthcare Provider
Below are a few helpful questions to ask your healthcare provider that may help both of you better understand your fracture risk. · Am I at risk for broken bones/fracture? · How can I help prevent a broken bone/fracture? · How can I make sure I’m getting enough calcium and vitamin D? · What kind of exercises should I be doing? · What should I expect from my medicine? · How can I know if my medicine is working? · Does my bone density test show improvement?
healthcare providers may lead to improved management of a patient’s osteoporosis. if you have postmenopausal osteoporosis, you may want to seek additional information about the disease and your specific osteoporosis management plan. The specifics of your plan may be different from other women’s and may change over time. For more questions to take with you to your next appointment with your healthcare provider, visit knowmybones.com or call (800) 917-1248, where you’ll also find general information on strong bones, tips for eating smart, and steps to help stay active and independent.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of WOMEN in BUSINESS - June 2010
WOMEN in BUSINESS - June 2010
Table of Contents
ABWA Member Benefits
Letter from ABWA National
The Workplace Generation Gap
Business Forecast: Stormy and Successful
2010 National Women's Leadership Conference
Welcome to Babesland
WOMEN in BUSINESS - June 2010