Are your bones healthy? It’s an important
question to ask because more than two
million Canadians have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a change in our bones as
we age that causes them to become thin
and weak. This can cause the bones to
break. The most common bones affected
are the hip, the wrist the shoulder and
How do you know
if you are at risk?
- Are you over the age of 65?
- Have you had a fracture of the hip,
wrist, arm or spine after the age of 40?
- Do you weigh less than 132 lbs?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink alcohol every day?
- Do you take steroid medications
regularly for another health
If you answered yes to any of these
questions, speak to your doctor or health
care provider about lowering your risks
and being tested for osteoporosis.
DID YOU KNOW:
Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer combined
One in three women and one in five men will have a fracture due to osteoporosis
More than 80% of all fractures in people over the age of 50 are caused by osteoporosis
One in three people who fracture their hip will have another hip fracture within one year and one in two people will have another fracture within five years
Fewer than 20% of Canadians with fractures are tested or treated for osteoporosis
Your brain needs to be taken care of, just like your body. Here are some practices that have been shown to slow or improve memory loss:
Games that challenge your brain include chess, puzzles, or crosswords.
Avoid processed foods and focus on colourful fruits and vegetables, fish and lean meats, nuts and whole grains
Try something new
Brush your teeth with the hand you don’t normally use, learn to play an instrument, learn a new language.
Stay socially active
Staying connected with friends and family helps to protect against memory loss, so go grab a coffee or volunteer with a group.
Stay physically active
Exercise is just as important for your brain as it is for your body. Find an activity you enjoy and keep at it. The key is to keep moving.
Visit your doctor
Work with your doctor to manage your health. It’s important to remember the things that aren’t good for our health, like smoking or drinking too much alcohol, also aren’t good for our memory.