If you've recently suffered an osteoporotic fracture, and your doctor has explained that you're at risk for future fractures, you need to take matters into your own hands. Osteoporotic fractures occur when bones become weakened by age or osteoporosis. While you can't prevent fractures altogether, since accidents do occur, there are steps you can take to strengthen your bones, which can reduce your risk of experiencing osteoporotic fractures in the future. In addition to the treatment your doctor prescribed for your most recent fracture, here are some steps you can take to help strengthen your bones.
Increase Your Daily Intake of Vitamin D and Calcium
If you're suffering from osteoporosis, you need to do what you can to strengthen your bones. One thing you can do is increase your daily intake of vitamin D and calcium. Your body needs both vitamins for the development of healthy bones. You can increase your daily intake by including a daily vitamin in your healthcare routine. You can also increase the amount of fresh, green leafy vegetables you eat each day. In addition, you can increase your vitamin D levels by getting outside in the sun for a few minutes each day.
Get Plenty of Exercise
If you're not getting outside, you're not only limiting your bodies ability to absorb additional vitamin D, but you're also limiting your ability to get the exercise you need to strengthen your bones. If you have osteoporosis, you should be getting at least a few minutes of exercise each and every day, even if it's just a walk around the block. The added exercise will help improve your circulation, and strengthen your bones, which will help reduce your risk of osteoporotic fractures.
Take Care When Approaching Curbs
If you suffer from osteoporosis, you're at an increased risk of fractures if you fall. That's why it's so important that you watch your footing whenever you go outside. A trip and fall accident could cause a hip fracture. One way to protect yourself while you're walking is to take care when approaching curbs. Make sure you know how tall they are before you take a step up on to the curb, or take a step down off the curb. One misstep and you could end up on the ground. It's also important that you watch for uneven areas in the sidewalk. To give yourself even more protection when walking outside, be sure to wear slip resistant shoes. That's particularly important if you're going to be walking in areas with slick or slippery walkways.
If you've recently suffered a fracture, you're at risk for another one. Use the tips provided here to strengthen your bones, and reduce your risk of osteoporotic fractures.