With work and income taking priority over health, it’s easy to take our bodies for granted not eating the right sustenance or over exerting and putting a lot of strain to the body. Be it due to poor lifestyle or lack of awareness, your bones may deteriorate faster than normal limiting your capacity to be more productive and earn more. Pfizer brings awareness to this growing bone health problem with “Serve Up Bone Strength”, a partnership event between Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) and International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) as part of World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) activities. WOD 2015 focuses on the importance of adopting a bone-healthy diet throughout a person’s lifetime to optimize bone strength. The campaign highlights the point that poor nutrition is one of the critical risk factors for developing bone-related diseases.
The first step in osteoporosis prevention begins in youth, when nutrition can help maximize the bone-building potential, and continues throughout life in order to maintain strong bones at an older age. WOD is an occasion when people around the globe unite to put the spotlight on the immense burden caused by osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal diseases, and the actions that canbe taken to prevent and treat them. It aims to put bone, muscle, and joint health on the global health agenda.
“Fractures, specifically hip fractures, can cause loss of function and independence with 40% of patients unable to walk independently, 60% requiring assistance a year later, 33% being totally dependent in a nursing home. Moreover, hip fractures cause the greatest morbidity with reported mortality rates of up to 20-24%,” according to IOF. Approximately one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to this silent disease.
Three of the major nutrients that help optimize bone health are calcium, vitamin D, and protein, with recommended daily allowances varying throughout life.
“Regulating calcium levels in the body promotes better bone mass density (BMD), alongside improving muscle performance and balance. Taking a calcium supplement with adequate levels of Vitamin D3 also helps maximize calcium absorption,” adds Dr. Egbert Dorado, Senior Medical Manager at PCH.
While proper nutrition works, it is equally important to avoid other modifiable risk factors including a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and alcohol use.
For more information on osteoporosis, visit http://www.worldosteoporosisday.org.