Osteoporosis, meaning “porous bones,” causes the bones to become weak or brittle. The decrease in estrogen after menopause puts women at a
All women should have a bone mineral density test by age 65, even if they have certain risk factors.
A bone density score of -2.5 or lower indicates osteoporosis. While the condition has no cure, medications can help slow the breakdown of bones.
Even though you have a diagnosis, you can still take steps to improve your bone health and prevent falls that could lead to a broken bone.
Self-care can help support your treatment and help you feel better. This may include:
- cooking with balance and nutrition
- Making time for the things you enjoy.
- Exercising safely and regularly.
- Reducing stress through meditation is possible.
- A support group.
Self-care is very individualized and it may look different from one person to the next. Trying different strategies can help you develop a self-care regimen that fits in to your osteoporosis treatment plan.
Do you know how well your self-care plan is working for you? If you need to bone up, take this lifestyle assessment to see if you are on top of your osteoporosis self-care game.