Osteoporosis Canada designates November as its National Osteoporosis Month to help bring awareness to both the importance of bone health throughout life and the consequences of fragility fractures caused by osteoporosis.
In Canada, at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will sustain a fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. In fact, over 80% of all fractures in people over the age of 50 are from osteoporosis. Such fractures are more common than breast cancer, heart attack and strokes combined.
Most of our bone strength is built during adolescence, with the most growth occurring between ages 11-14 for females and 13-17 for males. By the age of 20 most of our skeletal growth is complete, and by the age of 30 our bodies start breaking down old bone faster than our ability to build new bones. This loss leads to thinning of the bones and increased risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.
WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY BONES STRONG?
Reducing the chance of osteoporosis and associated fractures is a lifetime process. Whether you are young or old, it is never too late to start making changes that could help reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis or having an osteoporotic fracture.
Submitted by Heather Fournier, RN at South Shore Medical Clinic