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Raising Awareness for National Osteoporosis Month

May is National Osteoporosis Month.

And chances are, you or someone you know has suffered from osteoporosis.

So you understand that a sudden fracture can not only interrupt your regular routine, but change your lifestyle for the worse.

That’s why today (and the rest of the month), I’m asking you to join us in spreading the word about the importance of building and maintaining strong bones.

Test Your Bone Health Knowledge

Below is a video of Barbara Hannah Grufferman, who is the Bone Health Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

She asks Millennials a few questions about their bone health and offers up a few tips. You may be surprised at how much (or little) they know.

Do you think your loved ones know the answers to these basic questions? If you want to make sure, share this video and join us in spreading the word.

Osteoporosis Facts

According to The National Osteoporosis Foundation:

  • Approximately 9 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 43 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.
  • One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. 

Test Your Bone Health Knowledge
With numbers like that, we all know someone or someone who knows someone that has been affected by osteoporosis or what is often called, “the silent disease.” That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness.

As Bone Health Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Barbara Hannah Grufferman said in her recent article, So You Broke a Bone…Now What?:

“If you’re over 50 and fracture a bone, there’s a very good shot you’ll be treated and released without first having a simple test that could make the difference between enjoying a healthy, active future . . . or succumbing to a painful, limited one.”

That’s a scary thought.

So what can you do about it?

When it comes to your health, take control. Download and share the materials and information below to join us in raising awareness for osteoporosis.

  • Get a bone mineral density test (BMD).  A BMD is the standard way to determine your bone health by identifying your risk for fractures and osteoporosis. For everything you need to know about bone density testing click here.
  • Move it or lose it. Weight-bearing exercise is one of the best things you can do to increase your bone strength because of the concentrated pressure it puts on your bones. When you don’t regularly stress your muscles, joints and bones, they begin to weaken over time. Here are a few exercises you can do at the gym or at home.
  • Give your bones the vitamins and minerals they need. Your bones absolutely need calcium and vitamin D, but that’s not all. There are 12 important bone building minerals that are shown to contribute to the bone-building process. Download the Bone Healthy Recipe Ebook to incorporate more vitamins and minerals in your diet today.
  • Ask questions, get answers, gain knowledge. There are plenty of online support communities to help you answer any and all of your bone health questions. The trouble is, where can you find them? We’ve made it easy for you. Check out the 5 Must See Online Bone Health Resources that will help you find the answers and support you need.

You now have the resources and bone health knowledge. But do your loved ones?

If you want to make sure, share this video and the information in this post to join us in spreading the word.


Author: Monica Straith, BS

Monica is the PR and Outreach Manager and Fitness Lead at AlgaeCal. She’s an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, and has a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Monica pulls from her experience in athletics and health to contribute to AlgaeCal and has also been featured on myfitnesspal blog, Prevention, and Huffington Post.