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.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on April 21, 2017

Sources

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation. 

National Institutes of Health: Women's Health Initiative. 

The Food and Drug Administration. 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Menopause and Heart Disease."

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