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I went into early menopause at the age of 39 and from that point forward, I took an extra interest in protecting my bone health. Menopause is a tipping point to increase a woman’s risk of osteoporosis. But did you know there are 5 things you can do at any age to help protect your bone health?

I went into early menopause at the age of 39 and from that point forward, I took an extra interest in protecting my bone health. Menopause is a tipping point to increase a woman's risk of osteoporosis. But did you know there are 5 things you can do at any age to help protect your bone health?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hologic, Inc. Hologic is sponsoring this post because the company is a leading developer of innovative healthcare products that enable women to lead healthier lives, everywhere, every day. To learn more about osteoporosis through Hologic, visit boneawareness.com, a website that Hologic launched in honor of National Osteoporosis Month (May).

 

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I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 39th birthday, and a few months later during my first round of chemo, I entered into early menopause. I knew that the onset of menopause increases your risk of osteoporosis, but I didn’t realize that my bones had started to break down 5-10 years prior.  Did you know that as much as half of your total bone loss can happen within the first 10 years after the onset of menopause?

Reality sank in when my doctor ordered my first bone DXA scan. I wasn’t old enough for a bone scan!  I’m too young to have to worry about osteoporosis! But I knew it was the right thing to do. It was a simple scan – quick, easy and painless.

More U.S. women die each year from complications of hip fracture than from breast cancer. A woman’s risk of hip fracture equals her combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.  Young or older, women of ALL ages can benefit from taking care of their bone health by developing healthy lifestyle habits that will love your bones and protect your future.  And if you are a parent, this is the time to model healthy lifestyle habits with and for your children.  Help your children to eat healthier and get out to play more.  What about a jump rope contest between you and your kids?

 

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Many factors play a role in your risk for osteoporosis, including age, gender, lifestyle, medical history, family history and whether you take any medication or have medical conditions that can lead to bone loss.

 

5 Steps to Prevention

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is a great place for information on osteoporosis including these tips:

Don’t Smoke

In order to not just to reduce your risk of osteoporosis, but pretty much every disease that smoking is linked to, stop smoking.

Get Active

Doing regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise is one of the best ways to protect against osteoporosis and broken bones.

Drink Alcohol in Moderation

Excessive drinking can lead to bone loss. It is recommended to limit alcohol to no more than two drinks a day.

Eat Healthy

Calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are the key to eating for healthy bones. Eat a balanced diet – got it. We all know about how calcium helps support strong bones. But did you know how?

Your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.  Next to calcium, phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body. About 85% of the body’s phosphorus is in your teeth and bones. Excessive amounts of phosphorus interfere with calcium uptake. A diet high in processed foods, junk foods, and soda will significantly increase the amount of phosphorus, and decrease the intake of calcium. Which will then knock the magnesium off balance.  More than 300 metabolic processes in your body rely on magnesium.  A diet full of junk food will cause a viscous cycle of negative reactions in your body, and you can’t counter these by continuing to eat processed food and then taking a vitamin or supplement and expect everything your body to be healthy.

If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin D, you won’t be able to process calcium completely. Many of us are Vitamin D deficient.  Believe it or not, one of the best sources of Vitamin D is the sun.

Kale is the superfood that is here to stay. It is high in fiber, iron, antioxidants, calcium, and Vitamins A, C, and K. It is anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion. But why oh why doesn't it taste like chocolate?!?!? Kale = BLECH!!!!! Hey... I strive to be healthy but I'm human. My name is Holly and I hate kale. Until I tried this recipe.

Get a DXA Bone Scan

The painless, 15-minute test – a bone density scan – will help predict your risk of breaking a bone, and statistics show that older women who had a DXA had a 35% reduction in hip fractures during the following three years. Hologic’s DXA scan is a painless, non-invasive, quick test to measure bone mineral density and assess for osteoporosis and body composition.  Hologic is a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company with a focus on women’s consumer health.

 

Connect and Share

What about you?  Have you ever had a DXA bone scan? How do you keep your bones healthy?

Love, hugs, and loving my bones.

hollysig

 
 
 
 
 
 
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hologic, Inc. Hologic is sponsoring this post because the company is a leading developer of innovative healthcare products that enable women to lead healthier lives, everywhere, every day. To learn more about osteoporosis through Hologic, visit boneawareness.com, a website that Hologic launched in honor of National Osteoporosis Month (May).

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