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Good Nutrition for Healthy Bones in Adults

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A diet that is considered appropriate for optimal bone health is also recommended for overall good health and the prevention of chronic diseases. Thus, healthcare providers have an opportunity, at every patient encounter, to provide counseling with regards to good nutrition for healthy bones. This nutritional counseling is vital to prevent many common “lifestyle” diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Therefore, healthcare professionals should not miss this excellent opportunity to reinforce the importance of a healthy balanced diet in terms of both overall health and bone health.

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Bone Diseases and Causes in Adults and Children

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Millions of Americans are affected by bone diseases from various causes, the most common of which is osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis are at a high risk of fractures. Fractures are often disabling and lead to deterioration in the patient’s physical and mental health. Primary osteoporosis is the most common type of osteoporosis. It is the result of deteriorating bone structure and bone loss with aging. Primary osteoporosis can be prevented through proper nutrition, adequate physical exercise, and when necessary, appropriate treatment. Secondary osteoporosis is the result of other diseases that affect the bones and certain drugs and toxic substances that make bones weak. If secondary osteoporosis is recognized in time, it can be prevented with nutrition, physical activity, and treatment if needed.

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Fall Prevention Strategies to Reduce Fracture Risk in Your Patients

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Low bone mineral density is the underlying reason for fragility fractures in individuals with osteoporosis. However, very often, the precipitating event that results in a fracture is a fall. Therefore, fall prevention strategies play a critical role in reducing fractures. Falls are the major reason for hip fractures. They also contribute substantially to fractures at other sites such as the pelvis, spine, upper arm, and wrist.

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