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Actress Sally Field Vows to Fight Against Osteoporosis

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As a small-boned, thin Caucasian woman over the age of 50 with a family history of fractures as an adult, Field was at great risk. Although osteoporosis is most common in Caucasian and Asian women, African American and Hispanic women are also at significant risk for the disease.

Fields doctor let her know that she was losing bone at a very rapid rate and needed to start treatment immediately. The danger she faced became crystal clear a short time later while playing with her grandchildren.

'I had a five-year old on my back and a seven-year old in a wagon, pulling them up my steep driveway,' Field said. I realized, Im at risk. I may not make it up this steep driveway.

Fields osteoporosis is now being treated with medication in addition to continuing exercise and a proper diet that includes adequate calcium and vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium.

Thanks to aggressive care, Field will likely avoid the painful and debilitating fate that so many women before her have suffered through osteoporosis, including her grandmother.

'My grandmother Joy was in great pain the last years of her life, in her 90s, because of a broken back' Field said. 'She broke her back by sitting down on a bench.' Field didnt know of her grandmothers osteoporosis and bone breaks until Fields mother shared the story with her.

With increased bone health knowledge and improved care, women can now prevent or reduce osteoporosis problems.

Every woman should receive a bone density test by age 65 to determine if she has osteoporosis or is at high risk for the disease. Starting at age 40, you should talk to your doctor or nurse about your risk factors for osteoporosis to determine if you need earlier or more frequent screening.

The key to good bone health starts when you are young.

'Until youre about 30, your bones are still growing,' Siris said
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