May is Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month

Approximately 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for broken bones and compression fractures of the spine. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Are you at Risk? 

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

Being over age 50.
Being female.
Family history of osteoporosis.
Low body weight/being small and thin.
Broken bones or height loss.

Controllable Risk Factors

Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D.
Not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Getting too much protein, sodium and caffeine.
Having an inactive lifestyle.
Drinking too much alcohol.
Losing weight.

While some of the risk factors for osteoporosis—such as body type, family history, and age—are beyond our control, others are lifestyle choices. Click here to learn what you can do to help protect your bones throughout your life.  

For patients with compression fractures  of the spine as a result of Osteoporosis, Associated Physicians Group offers the latest kyphoplasty treatments to reduce or eliminate pain. Click here to learn how we can help you.