A Silent Disease

Posted on May 25, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis can weaken bones and lead to fractures. Why is it called a “silent disease?” Often, there are no signs or symptoms that you have, until you break a bone. Half of the women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

A healthful diet can help reduce your risk for osteoporosis. Calcium, found in foods like yogurt, cheese, and leafy greens, helps to build and support strong bones. Magnesium, potassium, vitamin D, and vitamin K are involved in keeping your bones strong, as well. Eating a variety of nutritious foods will provide these nutrients. Our bodies produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight, also. Talk to your doctor before supplementing nutrients to avoid any drug interactions.

Physical activity has a positive impact on bone health. Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises can help build and maintain bone. Be sure to discuss bone-building exercises with your physical therapist or doctor before starting any new exercises.