May is National Osteoporosis Health Month

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

df2613ac50369521d06c895257edf727Let’s talk about bones today! Why? It’s  National Osteoporosis Health Month!

Your bone health is vital to your overall health. When your bones become weak, you become weak.

      Bone is an actual living tissue that breaks down and rebuilds throughout our lives.

During childhood and your young adult years, you form new bone faster than you lose old bone. Peak bone mass is between the ages of 18 and 25! 

Bone is made up of calcium that makes it dense. Low bone density is when your bone density is lower than the normal range. This does not mean you have osteoporosis, however. If you have low bone density, you are more likely to break a bone, and are at a greater risk for osteoporosis if you start losing more bone. 

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is when the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. This can come from hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. And breaking bones becomes more dangerous for us  as we age!

Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are things you can do to improve your bone health! Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are CRITICAL to preventing and managing the disease.

Here are a few tips:

1. Get the calcium and vitamin D you need every day.
2. Do regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.
3. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol.
4. Get a bone density test.
5. Take an osteoporosis medication when it’s right for you.

Bottom line: Take care of that skeleton! 🙂

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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