Despite Americans' high consumption of dairy, osteoporosis rates are soaring. Countries that eat little to no dairy enjoy extremely low rates of osteoporosis. Could it be that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is more important than a diet rich in dairy?
Osteoporosis is called the "silent disease" because most people don't know they have it until the disease has really progressed. Even then, most spinal fractures are dismissed as general back pain due to aging or a muscle strain.
Make sure you are getting the recommended dose of calcium to keep your bones strong. Many foods besides dairy are rich in calcium, making it easy to get your recommended dose even if you don’t like milk.
A recent study reported that older men and women who suffer a low-trauma fracture due to osteoporosis are at increased risk of dying for 5 to 10 years following the injury, compared to the general population. Those who experience another fracture increase their risk of death for an additional 5 years.
A new study shows that aggressive screening and treatment of osteoporosis can help to prevent hip fractures. The researchers claim that their three step approach could help cut hip fractures by up to 25%.