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    Preventing Bone Fractures With Osteoporosis

    What Can I Do to Protect Myself From Fractures if I Have Osteoporosis?

    If you have osteoporosis, it is important to protect yourself against accidental falls, which may result in fractures. Take the following precautions to make your home safe:

    • Remove loose household items, keeping your home free of clutter.
    • Install grab bars on tub and shower walls and beside toilets.
    • Install proper lighting.
    • Apply treads to floors and remove throw rugs.

    Also talk with your health care provider about exercise, physical therapy and taking vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures.

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    Male Osteoporosis: Bone Mass Matters

    Real men get osteoporosis, too. As many as 2 million American men already have osteoporosis, the bone thinning that makes bones brittle and porous and at likely to fracture. Twelve million men are at risk, and may have early signs of bone loss and low bone density, called osteopenia. But given that four times as many women have osteoporosis, men are less likely to end up with thin bones than women. Why this lower risk? "Women live longer, so they're more likely to get osteoporosis," says Paul...

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    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on April 21, 2015

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