How Strong Are Your Bones?

By Leslie Terjesen on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, said, “Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. There is a lot you can do to protect your bones throughout your life. You’re never too young or too old to improve the health of your bones. Osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood. But it shouldn’t stop there. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Now is the time to take action as we recognize May as National Osteoporosis Month.”

 

There are two types of exercises that are important for building and maintaining bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises. Learn about each type of exercise and how you can incorporate both into your exercise routine.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) offers these 5 tips to Break Free from Osteoporosis:

  1. Get to know your risk factors: Many factors play a role in your risk for osteoporosis, including age, gender, lifestyle, medical history, family history and whether you take any medication or have medical conditions that can lead to bone loss.
  2. Get active: Doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is one of the best ways to protect against osteoporosis and broken bones.
  3. Eat Your Way to Healthy Bones: Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the key to eating for healthy bones.
  4. Ask your healthcare provider when you should get a bone density test: The painless, 10-minute test will help predict your risk of breaking a bone.
  5. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol: No more than two drinks a day is best for bone health.

To learn more about the Break Free from Osteoporosis campaign and how to build and maintain strong bones for life, please visit the NOF at www.nof.org.

The Ocean County Health Department’s Live Healthy Ocean County! offers osteoporosis screenings and other screenings at several sites per month.  You can visit the Health Department website calendar at www.ochd.org or call 732-341-9700, ext. 7604 and inquire about dates and sites this program is being offered.