World Osteoporosis Day

Thursday, October 20, was World Osteoporosis Day- a day dedicated to raising awareness about preventing this silent, but severe disease.

Fast Facts About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is…

  • a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures.
  • a condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or a simple action, such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture.

To prevent osteoporosis…

  • get the calcium and vitamin D you need everyday.
  • do regular weight training and muscle-strengthening exercises.
  • don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol.
  • talk to your healthcare provider about your chance of getting osteoporosis and have annual bone density tests.

More facts about osteoporosis:

  • About 85-90 percent of adult bone mass is acquired by age 18 in girls and 20 in boys. Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help prevent osteoporosis later in life.
  • Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans (55 percent of the population 50 years of age and older).
  • In the U.S., 10 million people are estimated to have the disease, and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone density.

As you can see, osteoporosis is very prevalent in today’s society. Your teeth are bones and, therefore, are directly related to any threat of osteoporosis. To find out how to keep your teeth and body healthy, call LaFrom Dentistry, located in San Jose, California, at (408) 996-8595 to reserve an appointment with Dr. Randy LaFrom.

~ by cupertinodentist on October 25, 2011.

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