June is National Osteoporosis Month, so what better way to celebrate than to educate ourselves on this disease?
What is osteoporosis?
The Mayo Clinic states that osteoporosis is when the creation of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone. This causes bones to become brittle, meaning even a mild fall can cause a fracture. The most common injuries are to the hips and wrists.
A great way to combat this is to ensure that you are having a sufficient calcium intake. At ISL, all of our communities offer the Elevate® dining program, which is designed to both cater to the individual dietary needs of each resident and create nutritious meals while doing so.
A loved one or I was just diagnosed. How can we encourage bone health?
WebMD recommends getting your vitamin D levels tested to check whether you need supplements. Vitamin D encourages new bone growth, which can combat problems associated with osteoporosis.
A quick workout, whether that be walking or even dancing, can provide your bones with the necessary support. Our communities have fitness centers and walking trails to ensure that you can get your blood pumping and participate in low-impact strength training.
If you think that you may have osteoporosis, please get in touch with your doctor to create a care plan tailored to your needs.
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