Top Reasons People Fall in Their Home: Osteoporosis

In this series, we will provide information on falls and what can be done to prevent them from leading authorities like the Centers for Disease Control.

Osteoporosis-boneOsteoporosis is a condition wherein bones become more porous, less resistant to stress, and more prone to fractures. Caused by hormonal changes, calcium and vitamin D deficiency, and a decrease in physical activity, osteoporosis is a chief cause of fractures in older adults, especially among women.

What is debatable is whether brittle bones break after a fall, or break when stressed and in turn cause a fall. In either event, a decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries.

Prevention Tips

  • Eat or drink sufficient calcium. Postmenopausal women need 1,500 mg of calcium daily. Calcium-rich foods include milk, yogurt, cheese, fish and shellfish, selected vegetables such as broccoli, soybeans, collards and turnip greens, tofu and almonds.
  • Get sufficient vitamin D in order to enhance the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream. Vitamin D is formed naturally in the body after exposure to sunlight, but some older adults may need a supplement.
  • Regularly do weight-bearing exercises.

For all source information, please visit the CDC website here and the Colorado State University website here.

Make sure to come back and read our series on the Top Reasons People Fall in Their Home
Top Reasons People Fall in Their Home: Lack of Exercise

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