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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY ALLISON THOMAS

OSTEOPOROSIS 10

million
Americans have
osteoporosis

8

million
of them are
women

1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men
older than 50 will sustain an
osteoporosis-related fracture

Calcium and vitamin D
help prevent osteoporosis
and slow its progression.
RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE:
CALCIUM

1,000 mg

Women and men
ages 19 to 50

1,200 mg

Women and men
older than 50

2 million

VITAMIN D

600 IU

Women and men
up to age 70

800 IU

Women and men
older than 70
4,000 IU maximum for adults.
IU = international units

osteoporosis-related bone
fractures occur each year

Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National Institutes of Health, National Osteoporosis Foundation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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experience a serious injury,
like a fracture."
Unfortunately, many people
may be coping with osteoporosis without knowing there
are treatments that can help.
"This is likely the result of
them believing it's a normal,
unavoidable part of the aging
process," Dr. Albert says.
"Not only is it a treatable
condition, it's actually a
preventable condition."
Here are simple ways to
promote bone health and stop
osteoporosis in its tracks:

* Make sure you're getting
the recommended amounts
of calcium and vitamin D
each day.
* Don't skip other essential
vitamins and minerals, such
as magnesium, potassium
and vitamins C and K.
* Avoid foods high in
sodium and inflammatory
foods, such as nightshade
vegetables.
* Incorporate weightbearing exercises to support
bone health and to improve
stability and balance.

Let's Talk
Bone Health
Bone density testing
can detect osteoporosis at its earliest
stages, so treatment
can begin sooner.
To learn more about
this service, visit
northside.com/
radiology.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY GETTY IMAGES

Osteoporosis is a disease that
involves progressive bone
loss and is associated with
a greater risk of fractures.
The condition is a serious
health concern that affects
millions of Americans, yet
it's also one that frequently
goes unnoticed.
"With no obvious
symptoms, this isn't a disease
you're likely to recognize
early on," says Mary Jo
Albert, MD, an orthopedic
surgeon with Northside
Hospital. "That is until you

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