By: Red Hot Mamas
Published: May 15, 2012
Red Hot Mamas is joining forces with the National Osteoporosis Foundation to celebrate National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which kicked off on May 1. The observance serves as an opportunity to bring attention to a disease that affects 44 million Americans. It is also an opportunity to educate the public about prevention and treatment.
A recent National Osteoporosis Foundation and Harris Interactive survey showed that Americans are aware of osteoporosis, its risk factors and how to prevent the disease. However, 34 percent of respondents indicated they had never heard of osteoporosis at all, showing that more work needs to be done. The survey also showed that nearly 70 percent of women who responded to the survey believe that osteoporosis can be prevented. However, only 50 percent recognized exercise as a method of prevention and only 27 percent believed diet had an impact.
Red Hot Mamas is hoping to change that by bringing more attention to osteoporosis. “At menopause, many women write off osteoporosis as a disease that only affects the elderly. What many women don’t understand is that when our hormone levels drop at menopause, the bone builders take a break and osteoporosis and arthritis can quickly settle into the scene,” says Karen Giblin, Founder and President, Red Hot Mamas. “Daily prevention starts with diet and exercise. These simple measures can go a long way in the prevention of bone breakdown and osteoporosis.”
To bring attention to osteoporosis, Red Hot Mamas and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, is also calling on individuals to do their part by:
- Understanding their risk factors
- Striving to get enough calcium, vitamin D, and bone health exercise
- Talking to their doctor about when to get a bone density test
- Spreading the word about osteoporosis, especially to loved ones
For more information about osteoporosis, including prevention, risk factors and treatment, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website at www.nof.org.
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