You can reduce your risks for bone loss (osteoporosis) by staying with your diabetes management program.
When you follow a nutritionally balanced meal plan and a regular exercise program, you are not only keeping your blood glucose levels in good control, you are also keeping your bones strong and healthy.
Strong, healthy bones are more resistant to the development of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects about half of all American women over age 45, and 90 percent of women over age 75.
If you are a man, your male hormones protect you to some degree, but you are still at some risk. As many as 25 percent of elderly men are affected by osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis has no warning signs. Usually the first clue to the development of osteoporosis is when an elderly person shatters a hip bone after a seemingly minor fall.
According to the experts, approximately one-third of all women and one-sixth of all men will suffer a hip fracture by the time they reach the age of 90.
That's only one kind of fracture that is related to osteoporosis. Other types of bone breaks, particularly fractures of the spine, are more common.
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