HD Physical Therapy (HDPT) joined with the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) in celebrating National Osteoporosis Month this May. As part of the annual observance, NOF is calling on women and men to start conversations about bone health and family history as the first step to protecting themselves and future generations from osteoporosis.
In the U.S today, about 10 million individuals have osteoporosis and another 34 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. In fact, a woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Despite these startling facts, NOF recently surveyed mothers and daughters and found that 94 percent of mothers and daughters admit they are not concerned with osteoporosis as a health condition and only 26 percent have spoken with one another about the disease. With up to one in four men at risk of suffering a broken bone due to osteoporosis, men need to be taking part in these conversations as well.
“Exercise will benefit your bones no matter when you start,” says HDPT’s President and Co-Founder Glenn D’Addario, MSPT, DPT. “However, you'll gain the most benefit if you exercise regularly and if you continue to exercise throughout your life. At HDPT, we can create a custom exercise program to help you reduce bone loss, improve strength and lower your incidence of falls at any age.”
To help raise awareness and protect future generations from osteoporosis HDPT is joining with the National Osteoporosis Foundation and calling on men and women of all ages to join the conversation by:
•Talking with family members and loved ones about bone health, calcium, vitamin D, exercise and other ways to prevent osteoporosis;
•Asking their healthcare provider about their osteoporosis risk factors and when to get a bone density test; and
•Striving to get enough calcium, vitamin D, and bone healthy exercise everyday.
For more information about osteoporosis, including preventative exercise options, please call HDPT at 781.587.0776.