Osteoporosis: Not Just Your Grandmother's Disease

A Silent Disease Many of you may have this disease or be at risk but don’t know it. Annually over 2 million people in the United States will suffer a bone fracture due to this disease. Of these 80% are women and 20% are men. This disease is osteoporosis. Building Bones: You only have so much time… Osteoporosis is called “thin bones” by some. The term bone density is a measure of our bone thickness. Bone density is built in our early years. Beginning at puberty (for girls when your menstrual cycle starts) until about age 25, men and women build bone density. Somewhere between 25-30 men and women stop building bone and have reached their peak bone mass (bone density), and no more gains happen. The peak bone mass can be maintained by healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise, adequate [...] Read more