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Strong bones are important for good health. They give our bodies support, help us move, and protect us from injuries. Bones also store minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy. There are things you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy. Some of these include:
These healthy behaviors can help you prevent osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and more likely to break. In fact, half of all women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Most will break a bone in the hip, spine, or wrist.
If you have ever broken a bone, you already know how painful it can be. Even after a broken bone heals, many people continue to have pain for a long time and may need help getting around and taking care of themselves.
Osteoporosis is a real risk for older American Indians and Alaska Natives. Younger women and men with certain risk factors can also get osteoporosis. For example, many Natives do not get enough calcium, a mineral that is very important for strong bones. Also, Native women and men have high rates of diabetes, which can increase the chance of getting osteoporosis.
You have the power to prevent or delay osteoporosis. You may be at increased risk for osteoporosis if you:
If you have any of these risk factors, you should talk to your doctor about steps you can take to protect your bones. Following are free resources to help you learn more about your bone health and risk factors for osteoporosis.
|For more information on:||Call toll free:||Or visit:|
|Bone Health and Osteoporosis from the U.S. Surgeon General||800–624–2663||www.bones.nih.gov|
|Breast and Prostate Cancer||800–624–2663||www.bones.nih.gov|
|Osteoporosis and Seniors||800–222–2225
(Check Up On Your Bones web tool)
Do you have osteoporosis or another bone disease? You may be able to help scientists learn more about these conditions. For information about research projects near your home, call the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center at 800–624–BONE (624–2663) or visit www.nih.gov. You could make a difference!
NIH Publication No. 12–6466