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Women want answers, but what questions should be asked?
Date:5/3/2010

of questions about their bone health," said Dr. Ekman. "What many people don't realize is that hip fractures have a high mortality rate. Asking questions and being educated about your bone health not only can help you save the time, money and pain that comes along with fractures, it can help save your life."

Dr. Ekman suggests women ask their physicians the following questions:

  • I've recently had a fracturedo I have osteoporosis? Should I be tested for it?
  • How much calcium and vitamin D should I take daily?
  • How can I prevent falls?
  • What medications are available that can help me strengthen my bones?
  • Are any of the medications I'm currently taking affecting my bone health?

Lisa Cannada, MD, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at St. Louis University Hospital, agrees that women should be their own advocates when it comes to preventing fractures. "Women need to be a squeaky wheel to get the information and treatment they need," said Dr. Cannada. "Don't wait to ask questions until you have experienced a fracture or until you think you're 'old enough' to start worrying. It's never too early to begin educating yourself, your sister or your daughter about how you can prevent the disease."

Dr. Cannada recommends the following tips to improve bone health and prevent fractures:

  • Learn about your risk factors. Aging, heredity, nutrition, lifestyle, medications and other illnesses can increase your risk of developing the disease.
  • Maintain a diet rich in calcium with foods like yogurt, cheese and green leafy vegetables.
  • Make sure you're taking in enough vitamin D, a minimum of 2,000 IU per day is recommended, and this will help your body absorb calcium.
  • Quit smoking, and drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Participate in at least 30 minutes of weight-bearing activity three to four times a week.
  • Prevent falls by improving your motor skills through exercise and physical therapy. Also, examine t
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Contact: Lauren L Pearson
pearson@aaos.org
847-384-4031
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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