Between 1995 and 2006, the rate of osteoporosis-related injuries jumped 55 percent, according to a study conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Several factors may have prompted the rise in injuries, including:
A population with greater numbers of seniors
Lack of exercise
Inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D
Increased use of medications that can lower bone mass – specifically proton-pump inhibitors (such as Prilosec and Nexium), and diuretics that treat high blood pressure
For some, the last item on that list will be surprising and amazing. Certain drugs deplete bone mass!
Older adults (both men and women) can prevent osteoporosis by exercising, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking, increasing intake of foods that contain calcium and vitamin D, and (if necessary) taking supplements to boost calcium and D intake. I recommend Ostera by Metagenics. Order it Ostera on-line.
A supplement recommendation AND a warning about two popular classes of drugs? From a government agency?