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Preventing Bone Fractures With Osteoporosis

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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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What Causes Osteoporosis? And Why?

Your bones are alive and constantly growing -- not static, like you see them drawn in books. Bones continually change throughout your life, with some bone cells dissolving and new bone cells growing back in a process called remodeling. With this lifelong turnover of bone cells, you replace most of your skeleton every 10 years.  But for people with osteoporosis -- a thinning of the bones -- bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone. Bones become porous, brittle, and prone to fracture. Look at an...

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 23, 2013

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