Tips for Managing Osteoporosis By Dr. Sunita Kalra
Many seniors experience falls throughout the year that can result in significant health issues. One in every three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those individuals, 20 to 30 percent suffer injuries such as cuts, fractured hips or even head trauma. Since May is National Osteoporosis Month, it is important to discuss the impact of the disease, which can significantly impact bone health.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis causes nearly 9 million fractures each year worldwide, while one-fifth of women 70 and older are impacted by the disease. HealthCare Partners Nevada is committed to helping seniors live active and healthy lifestyles while avoiding common injuries caused by osteoporosis.
As a physician with HealthCare Partners Nevada, I encourage seniors to take important steps in preventing falls around the home. Useful precautions for avoiding fall-related injuries include engaging in regular exercises that strengthen the lower body muscles and improve balance, such as dancing, walking, stretching or pilates. HealthCare Partners Nevada also recommends closely monitoring medications for drugs that can cause dizziness or sleepiness, installing grab bars in the shower and placing night lights in hallways and bathrooms.
In addition to measures individuals can take to safeguard their homes, a well-balanced diet high in calcium and vitamin D is essential for bone health. Salmon and tuna contain high levels of vitamin D, while dairy products such as skim milk, yogurt and cheese are packed with calcium. As we age, our daily vitamin D and calcium requirements increase. Monitoring your diet and packing the shopping cart with items that improve bone health is crucial.
Prevention is a key component of the Total Care Model that HealthCare Partners Nevada practices. Under this innovative approach to health care, we provide patients with a coordinated team of primary care providers, specialists and professional staff who oversee all aspects of their health care.