Americans suffer 2 million low trauma “fragility” fractures a year. “Bone Attack” is much more common than heart attack. “Bone Attack is a warning, in the same way that heart attack is a warning!
More than half of the older Americans suffering a hip fracture last year had been warned ahead of their hip fracture. That warning was in the form of a previous fracture. Less than 20% of those warned took any action to prevent their hip fracture. A smaller percent than died of their fracture.
National Osteoporosis Foundation meeting last week emphasized exercises that help avoid, or even correct, kyphosis or “humpback”. This is important because kyphosis leads to poor balance, falls and fractures.
Weak Muscles and Poor Posture can cause the bones of the spine to slowly crumble into “humpback”. Strengthening those muscles and working on posture can stop the spine from crumbling further, and can correct at least part of the kyphosis. That improves balance, and prevents falls and fractures!
Half of all women over 50 will fracture a wrist, shoulder, vertebra, hip, or some other bone in their remaining lifetime. Increasing Fracture Risk is totally natural as a person ages. But there are actions we all can take to minimize our increased Fracture Risk. Most of these actions have nothing to do with taking another medication.
Awareness that simple actions can decrease Fracture Risk was the big theme at the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) annual meeting this past week. We can cut that risk a lot. Awareness that many fractures can be prevented is the first step.
Osteoporotic Fractures disable, disfigure, and kill more women each year than breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke combined. Half of all women over age 50 will suffer an Osteoporotic (Fragility) Fracture in their lifetime. Some will die. Some will be permanently deformed. Some will require nursing home care for the rest of their lives.
Millions strive for The Cure for breast cancer. Millions have joined Go Red For Women sponsored by the American Heart Association. These are wonderful efforts. But what about the millions of women harmed each year by Osteoporotic Fracture? They suffer a “Bone Attack”. When will we care enough about osteoporosis to launch a similar campaign?