Osteoporosis Myths and Facts

Your bones are the foundation of your body. Just like in a house, a weak foundation can cause a host of problems. Check out these osteoporosis myths and facts to learn how to keep your foundation strong.

Older Couple WalkingMyth or fact? Weak bones are more easily broken

FACT: Osteoporosis reduces bone strength and quality, which increases your risk for bone fractures. Compared with women ages 60 and older who have normal bone strength, those who have osteoporosis are three times more likely to suffer a bone fracture, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Myth or fact? You need to watch out for osteoporosis symptoms

MYTH: Osteoporosis often has no symptoms until you break a bone. The best way to detect the condition is with a bone density screening. The test is quick and painless. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women ages 65 and older have an osteoporosis screening. Some women may need to be screened earlier. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors.

Myth or fact? Men don’t need to worry about osteoporosis

MYTH: The disease is more common in women, but men can have it, too. Osteoporosis affects about 10 percent of women and 2 percent of men, according to the CDC. And the rate of fragility-related fractures in men is expected to triple by 2050.

Myth or fact? You need more calcium as you age to prevent osteoporosis

FACT: After menopause, women should up their calcium intake to 1,500 mg a day. Get calcium from foods such as low-fat dairy products, spinach, broccoli, and salmon.

Keep your skeleton strong. The endocrinology team at WCHN offers personalized treatment for osteoporosis. Find an endocrinologist: