Did you know that women account for 70 percent of hip fractures? While you can’t change risk factors like genetics, you can still do plenty of things to protect your bones.
Here are four ways to get “hip” on fracture prevention:
1. LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
A balanced diet high in calcium and vitamin D along with regular exercise can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight, thereby putting less stress on your bones and joints.
2. CONSIDER MEDICATIONS
Besides calcium and vitamin D supplements, ask your doctor about prescription medications to preserve and strengthen your bones.
3. PREVENT FALLS
Keep your home well lit and your walkways clear, and consider installing rails on stairs or steps, as well as grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower.
4. ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT BONE DENSITY TESTING
A bone density test is a painless, noninvasive and safe way to measure the strength and density of your bones as your approach menopause. When the test is repeated later, it can help determine how quickly you are losing bone mass and density.
Are you at risk for a hip fracture? Ask your doctor to refer you for a bone density screening. For more information or to find a physician, call visit BaylorHealth.com or call 1-800-4BAYLOR.
Information in this post originally appeared in the July 2013 edition of Baylor Health Magazine.