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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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Exercises to Help Osteoporosis

When Betty Bullock was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 1997, at the age of 66, it was a shock. She’d always been healthy and active, an avid athlete who plays tennis, swims, walks her dogs, and dances. “I was thinking, ‘What did I do wrong?’” says the 76-year-old great-grandmother, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. “I had assumed I didn’t have to worry about osteoporosis since I was so healthy and my mother had never had it.”

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

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