I have become obsessed with my bone health in the last few months. I stopped taking estrogen over a year ago and my bone mass has decreased. So I started doing my homework, interviewing doctors and learning a great deal about the subject, which I am intent on sharing with all my FOF friends. FOF also will be working with the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and The Cleveland Clinic to give you the smartest, most authoritative and clearest information about what’s best for our bones.
For now, I want to share a comment that FOF friend, Toby Wollin, made on this blog yesterday: “Fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury deaths and disabilities among older adults (i.e., persons over 65 years). The most serious fall injury is hip fracture; one half of all older adults hospitalized for hip fracture never regain their former level of function.”
Osteoporosis is a major public health threat affecting approximately 44 million Americans. Women represent the majority of cases: 8 million women have osteoporosis and 22 million more have osteopenia (low bone mass.) My mother died last year from fall-related complications. We never read these facts in the obits.
You’ll be hearing a lot more from us soon about what we can do to protect our bones, but I hope you’ll take part in a NOF webinar series called Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life. It’s the first in a series dealing with topics, including risk factors, testing, nutrition, exercise, treatment and more. You’ll also be able to submit questions to Dr. Felicia Cosman, NOF Clinical Director, who is the presenter.
The webinar is on Thursday, May 27th, from 2 to 3 p.m (EST). To register, visit www.nof.org or call toll-free 1 (866) 702-3278.
Here’s to every bone in your FOF body.