Celebrate National Osteoporosis Month! NOF's Generations of Strength Campaign encourages women and men to start conversations about bone health and family history as the first steps to protecting themselves and future generations from osteoporosis. In honor of National Osteoporosis Month, we hope you will join the conversation. To learn more, visit http://www.nof.org/toolkitView Thread
Many people ask about wearing a weighted vest as a part of a bone healthy exercise program.
Before purchasing a weighted vest, check with your healthcare provider to see if it is safe and appropriate for you to wear one. Your healthcare provider knows of your individual situation — including your bone mineral density and any other health-related issues you may have.
There are some weighted vests that are not safe for people with osteoporosis. These include vests that sit on the shoulders and only have weights on the upper part of the trunk. This could increase the stress on the spine, causing increased kyphosis (curvature of the spine). A safer vest is weighted throughout the trunk. These are especially good when they are well fitted at the waist. This should spread stress evenly around the trunk, reducing the weight from the top of the shoulders. They must fit very well, be tightened around the waist, and should not be used in people with kyphosis.
We also suggest that people with osteoporosis ask their healthcare provide if they should get a referral to see a physical therapist. Physical therapists, who work with people who have osteoporosis, are excellent resources for developing safe and appropriate exercise programs.View Thread
Moderation is key. If you enjoy soft drinks, try to limit your intake to no more than five per week. When you can, choose a calcium-rich beverage in place of a soft drink. Have a glass of low-fat or non-fat milk, calcium-fortified soy milk or calcium-fortified orange juice. Vitamin D is often added to many of these drinks which provides additional benefits to bone health.View Thread
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