Osteoporosis affects both men and women. Lisa Tudor, a registered dietitian, talked with local residents about ways to prevent osteoporosis.
She says exercise, moderate alcohol intake, not smoking and monitoring your diet will make a difference.
Lisa says, "Getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet will help keep your body from going to that bone bank."
But if a patient is still concerned they can talk to their doctor and set up a dexa scan which measures your bone density and gives you a score which will let you know whether or not you are at risk or even have osteoporosis.
Dr. Gerald Kadis, a neurosurgeon, says, "Hopefully more patients will come forward who have these problems early so they don't wait until they become completely stooped over as a result of multiple fractures."
Dr. Kadis adds that compression fractures are common and the new balloon surgery can correct the pain and restore the height of the vertebrae by inflating a balloon and filling the void with bone cement which stops the pain.
Marie Murphy, who attended the osteoporosis class, says, "I've had a broken back, a broken heel and some broken ribs, so I am interested in keeping them strong."
It's never too late to start taking care of your bones. Registered dietitian Lisa Tudor adds that aside from milk, yogurt, cheese, breads, and cereals have fortified calcium, which helps prevent osteoporosis.