7 Tips To Prevent Falling Fractures
Anyone who knows me, knows that one of my passions, second only to natural health, is history. So this past weekend while reading about the Roman Empire I came across a very sensible quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca. He wrote:
“We are more often frightened than hurt, and we suffer more from imagination than from reality”
When it relates to the fear of osteoporosis and osteopenia these are true words of wisdom.
Here’s why: while you may have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, statistics show that regardless of bone density, you will most likely never break a bone. In fact, studies show that over 85% of women turning 50 years old today will never have a hip fracture, regardless of their bone density.
Unfortunately, once the diagnosis is there, many react with fear and foresee a bleak and doomed future for their bone health and well-being… and you may be one of them…
Let me ask you two simple questions that will put this fear into perspective
Question #1: What is the biggest risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia?
Of course the answer is breaking bones and then losing your mobility and lifestyle that you enjoy.
Question #2: How does someone break a bone?
Easy… One would have to fall and the impact would cause the bone to fracture.
Now common sense would dictate that if we take steps that minimize our chances of falling we won’t be victims of osteoporosis and osteopenia.
So here are some of my suggestions that will help you avoid fractures the smart way:
Tip #1: Improve your balance and strength
When you stay fit and active you’ll maintain sharp reflexes and good muscle tone, both necessary to prevent falls.
Tip #2: Always wear comfortable shoes
Ladies, stay away from very high and skinny heels. Also, and this applies to everyone, avoid sneakers with deep treads that can trip you up.
Tip #3: Make sure you know how the medicines you’re taking may affect you
Several drugs such as sleeping pills or muscle relaxants, and even some heart medicines, can cause dizziness and lack of coordination.
Tip #4: Don’t mix meds
If you take prescription medications, let your doctors know which medicines you’re taking, to avoid dangerous “cocktails” that have unforeseen side-effects.
Tip #5: Lighten up
Brighten up your home. Use nightlights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways so you don’t have to turn on the light switch in the middle of the night.
Tip #6: Keep rooms free of clutter
Always use a designated spot for your slippers and shoes, to avoid tripping on them. Also, keep electrical cables off the floor.
Tip #7:Get enough sleep
Studies have shown that if you lack sleep it will have a similar effect on your reflexes as being drunk.
By following these 7 simple tips, you can greatly decrease your chances of falling and breaking a bone.
These precautions along with the Save Our Bones Program can lead you to a happy and fracture-free future.