The Gift of Healthy Bones This Father’s Day
Today kicks off National Men’s Health Week, which runs through this Sunday, coinciding with Father’s Day on June 17. According to their website, the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In the spirit of Men’s Health Week, we thought we’d share advice for boys, teens and men to help prevent bone diseases. One out of every four men suffers an osteoporotic fracture if he lives past the age of 50. Avoiding such injuries begins at a young age and it begins with diet. Here are five tips to prevent osteoporosis from our friends at American Bone Health:
1. Get the daily, recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D.
2. Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise.
3. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol.
4. Talk to your health care provider about bone health.
5. Have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate.
This Father’s Day keep dad’s health in mind and make sure he knows how to stay “bone healthy” by using the tips outlined above.