The Dangers Of Osteoporosis
2 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis
Osteoporosis Risk Factors
Osteoporosis can happen in both women and men. 1 in 3 women and up to 1 in 4 men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. There are many people living with osteoporosis who are at a high risk for bone fracture but have not yet been diagnosed.
Over 80% of bone fractures in people 50+ are caused by osteoporosis
Consequences of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can have a profound impact on day-to-day life. Simple acts such as bending over, coughing or lifting can be all it takes to collapse a vertebra which can lead to pain and deformity that may worsen over time. One such deformity is an obvious curve in the upper spine or hunchback-appearance (also known as kyphosis).
Women and men alike begin to lose bone in their mid 30s
Building and maintaining strong bones can improve your chances of preventing osteoporosis. Diets rich in calcium and vitamin D contribute to better overall bone health, as do specific weight-bearing and strength-training exercises.