Health Hint: Osteoporosis

Taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Baylor College of Medicine experts have plenty of tips to help you stay healthy. This month’s Health Hint offers information on osteoporosis, which impacts more than 50 million Americans.

Those at the highest risk for osteoporosis are post- and perimenopausal women, because estrogen is important for maintaining bone density. But osteoporosis also can develop in men and younger people, particularly those with chronic or inflammatory diseases or those taking certain medications. To help protect against the loss of bone loss that occurs with osteoporosis, I recommend exercising regularly, not smoking, getting adequate levels of calcium and vitamin D, as well as monitoring bone mass earlier in life, especially if there is a family history of osteoporosis or brittle bones.”

Dr. Brendan Lee, chair and professor of molecular and human genetics

Learn more in this press release.