How does osteoporosis affect daily life?

Breaking a bone is a serious complication for someone living with osteoporosis, especially older patients. Osteoporotic bone breaks are most likely to occur in the hip, spine, or wrist, but other bones can break too. In addition to causing permanent pain, osteoporosis causes some patients to lose height. When the disease affects vertebrae, the bones of the spine, it often leads to a stooped or hunched posture. 
 
There are many modifications to both your lifestyle and home that can be made in order to improve steadiness and avoid falls:
 
  • Make sure you wear shoes and slippers with a patterned tread rather than smooth soles.
  • Avoid loose, trailing clothes. 
  • Keep glasses clean, and hearing aids well maintained.
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated
  • Eat a well balanced diet to ensure muscle strength
  • Be aware alcohol can make you unsteady
  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D and calcium 
  • Stay active. Perform balance and strength exercises to improve steadiness.
 
*Talk to your doctor about any conditions or medications that could make you feel dizzy or unsteady. Also, they may be able to tell you about specialist falls services at your local hospital.*
 
 
living with osteoporosis
 
 

Sources
  • “Learn What Osteoporosis Is and What It's Caused By.” National Osteoporosis Foundation, www.nof.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis/.
  • “Living With Osteoporosis.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/features/living-with-osteoporosis.
  • “Avoiding Falls.” Avoiding Falls | International Osteoporosis Foundation, www.iofbonehealth.org/avoiding-falls.

 

From Our Blog: Signs That You May Be Dehydrated
Mild, even moderate, dehydration can be treated simply by drinking more fluids that contain electrolytes (or salts) that have been lost. However, if dehydration is unrecognized or left untreated, it has the potential to lead to death. It is very important to understand the signs of dehydration before the condition worsens.
 
signs that you may be dehydrated infographic

 

 

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