Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.
Facts about osteoporosis
- 10 million North Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis.
- 80% of those affected by osteoporosis are women.
- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her remaining lifetime.
- Women can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the five to seven years following menopause, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.
- 24% of individuals over 50 who have suffered a hip fracture will die within one year of that injury.
- Osteoporosis debilitates more women than breast, uterine or ovarian cancer.
Major risk factors
You are at greater risk for osteoporosis if you have one or more of these risk factors:
- Current low bone mass
- Being thin or having a small frame
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Estrogen deficiency as a result of menopause, especially if it’s early or surgically induced
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Anorexia nervosa
- Low lifetime calcium intake
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Use of certain medications (corticosteroids, chemotherapy, anticonvulsants and others)
- Low testosterone levels in men
- An inactive lifestyle
- Current cigarette smoking
- Excessive use of alcohol
Osteoporosis protection tips
In addition to supplementing with TriVita Bone Growth Factor™, there are other ways to help protect against bone loss:
- Weight-bearing exercise can help protect against osteoporosis. This is any exercise that works your muscles against gravity.
- Walk unless you’re restricted medically. Start slowly and progress until you are walking 30 minutes, 3-4 times per week. (Walking is a weight-bearing exercise.)
- Eat foods naturally high in calcium like low-fat or non-fat dairy products, canned sardines or salmon.
- Live healthy by not smoking and not drinking in excess.
- Get an annual bone density exam. Talk to your healthcare provider.