This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hologic, Inc. a developer of innovative healthcare products that enable women to lead healthier lives, To learn more about osteoporosis through Hologic, visit boneawareness.com, a website Hologic launched in honor of National Osteoporosis Month (May).
After my dad died at the tender age of 68 a switch turned on in me. People always say that death provides the ultimate wakeup call and in my case it forced me to reevaluate every aspect of my life and take a hard look at how I was treating my body. So I signed up for a gym membership and started treating my body with more love and care. As mothers we are the doers- we are the ones who get everything done and often times that means we are the last on the list and our health often falls to the very bottom of that list. While we might make a bee-line for the pediatrician’s office if one of our children so much as sniffles, when it comes to managing to squeeze in our annual exams, some of us find ourselves hard-pressed to do so.
Fast forward several years later and I have done a 180 when it comes to putting myself at –at least- number three on my to-do list which means not grabbing the easiest fast food item that is available and pushing myself to get to the gym (even when I’d rather be doing anything but squats!). But this healthy journey is not mine to walk alone; my husband and kids have joined me in my quest to live healthfully and purposefully. Which is why World Osteoporosis Day, which takes place October 20, has become an important day for me to do a sort of check in to see if I’m doing everything I can to stay healthy and to remind my loved ones to take stock of their health as well. And to make everyone aware of this important day I’m honored to partner with Hologic, Inc. (a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company with a focus on women’s consumer health) to discuss osteoporosis awareness and its prevention.
World Osteoporosis Day also holds special significance for me because, in addition to my family’s genetic material not being all that great, as a petite Caucasian woman my doctor has made it crystal clear that I need to be cognizant of my bone health in order to prevent future fractures. He has prescribed exercise which is essential, calcium, vitamin D and a diet containing lean protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats – all of which he has told me are the keys to a recipe for healthy bones.
So why should you care about World Osteoporosis Day?
More U.S. women die each year from complications of hip fracture than from breast cancer. Sobering fact- a woman’s risk of hip fracture equals her combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends that all women over 65 or of postmenopausal age with risk factors, as well as men over 70 talk to their doctors about undergoing a bone density test to diagnose osteoporosis.
Of course I know what you’re thinking- but I’m not anywhere near menopause; why should I worry? Because protecting your bones now means you are reducing your risk of developing osteoporosis in the future. In fact this years’ Theme for National Osteoporosis Day is “Love Your Bones: Protect Your Future” because the bottom line is that it is NEVER too early to protect your bones! And bone health is not only an important issue for people over 50! Children and adolescents build up their peak bone mass (PBM) which will determine their risk for osteoporosis in later life – and one’s PBM is reached in the late teens and early 20’s. And those Children and adolescents who have higher PBM reduce their risk of osteoporosis later in life.
And through my partnership with Hologic I’m now aware of another way us women can lower our risk of developing osteoporosis.
Getting a DXA scan (which stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) can help women get to know their bones a bit better! This 15-minute test will help predict your risk of breaking a bone, and statistics show that older women who had a DXA had a 35% reduction in hip fractures during the following three years. A DXA scan is a painless, non-invasive, quick test to measure bone mineral density and assess for osteoporosis and body composition. To learn more about osteoporosis through Hologic, visit boneawareness.com, a website that Hologic launched in honor of National Osteoporosis Month in May.
And last but certainly not least there are some things you can do in addition to getting a DXA scan to help protect yourself. Some of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)’s tips to “break free” from osteoporosis include:
Getting an understanding of your genetic and other risk factors for osteoporosis, including age, gender, medical history, family history and whether you take any medication or have medical conditions that can lead to bone loss.
Getting active: Doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is one of the best ways to protect against osteoporosis and broken bones.
Getting healthy: Calcium: The National Osteoporosis Foundation suggests for women age 50 and under you need 1000mg Calcium and over 50 1200 mg Calcium. Men under 70 need 1000mg Calcium and over 70 1200mg Calcium. Men and Women under 50 need 400-800 IU of Vitamin D and 800 IU-1000 IU over 50. A diet rich in vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are also the key to eating for healthy bones. To maintain good bone health, don’t smoke or have more than two drinks a day.
Getting checked: The painless, 15-minute test – a bone density scan such as Hologic’s DXA scan – will help predict your risk of breaking a bone.
So how will you celebrate World Osteoporosis Day?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hologic, Inc. Hologic is sponsoring this post because the company is a leading developer of innovative healthcare products that enable women to lead healthier lives, everywhere, every day. To learn more about osteoporosis through Hologic, visit boneawareness.com, a website that Hologic launched in honor of National Osteoporosis Month.