Osteoporosis and the Impact on Women

Join Debbie and Colleen as they continue part 3 of our series on women’s health. This week they discuss Osteoporosis and the impact on women.


Show Notes

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1.  Discuss “What is Osteoporosis?”
2.  Osteoporosis Risk Factors

  • Gender
  • Increasing Age
  • Small thin boned frame
  • Family history
  • Sex hormones
  • Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Eating disorders

3.  Osteoporosis Stats

  • 44 million Americans of which 68% are women are threatened by this disease
  • One of every two women over age 50 will likely have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. That’s twice the rate of   fractures in men — one in four.

4.  Prevention/Steps to Take

  • Bone density test
  • Diet – calcium and Vitamin D
  • Exercise – especially weight-bearing exercises & strength training. The following examples of weight-bearing and strengthening exercises can help keep your bones strong:

*  Aerobics
*  Climbing stairs
*  Dancing
*  Walking
*  Water aerobics
*  Yoga

5.  Stories/ references to check out

  • Sally Field: An Osteoporosis Story
  • WebMD
  •  everydayhealth.com