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National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
Every May, we raise awareness of the importance of keeping your bones healthy for life during National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects about 10 million Americans, mostly women, whose bones gradually weaken through the loss of calcium and other minerals and become more fragile and porous. Bones may break under normal use or from just a seemingly minor fall or bump. The disease often progresses slowly and silently, so people often don't realize they have it until they fracture a bone. The spine, hip and wrist are the most common fracture sites.
You may be at risk of osteoporosis if you are:
- Caucasian or Asian
- Over age 55
- From a family with a history of osteoporosis or hip fractures
- Physically inactive
- Consuming an overall diet that's low in calcium and vitamin D
- A smoker
- A heavy drinker of alcohol
For more information on osteoporosis prevention and treatment, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Osteoporosis section.
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Reviewed March 2013