I came across the following article on osteoporosis and thought it would be helpful for the readership: U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, M.D., warned In October that by 2020 as many as half of all older Americans could have osteoporosis or face a high risk of getting the disease.  Recent studies have suggested a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw that could make periodontal disease and tooth loss worse.

Osteoporosis can lead to declining physical health and even premature death.  Every year more than 1.5 million people suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture.  More than 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, while another 34 million are at risk for developing the most common of bone diseases.

There are ways to reduce the chances of getting this disease, including the following:

  • Boost calcium levels by consuming milk, leafy green vegetables, soybeans, yogurt and cheese.
  • Enjoy a sunny day:  The sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D.  If they prefer to stay indoors, fortified milk and supplements can meet your needs.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and exercise at least 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes per day for children, including weight-bearing activities to improve strength and balance.