Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.
Now hear the word of the Lord.
Those lyrics from an old spiritual have been running through my head since I started reading about osteoporosis and our bones.
More women are affected by osteoporosis than men, but we guys are definitely vulnerable, especially as we age.
Facts and statistics:
- Up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
- Approximately two million American men already have osteoporosis. About 12 million more are at risk.
- Men older than 50 are more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than they are to get prostate cancer.
- Each year, about 80,000 men will break a hip.
- Men are more likely than women to die within a year after breaking a hip. This is due to problems related to the break.
- Men can break bones in the spine or break a hip, but this usually happens at a later age than women.
Here’s what the National Osteoporosis Foundation has to say about it:
I wrote about the dangers of osteoporosis for both men and women previously citing the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
* 1.5 million osteoporotic fractures occur every year
* 10 million Americans suffer from it
* 34 million Americans have low bone mass (osteopenia)
* 40% of white women over 50 will have a hip, spine or wrist fracture in their lifetime
* By 2020 50 over age 50 will have, or be at high risk of developing osteoporosis
You can get all the details at the first link above.
One of the strongest weapons against osteoporosis is weight-bearing exercise. One of the reasons so many people suffer from the disease, especially seniors, is that they don’t do much weight-bearing exercise. While walking qualifies as some of the lightest weight-bearing exercise, it often isn’t a person’s first choice.
That’s why this morning’s Wall Street Journal article on walking while wearing a weighted vest is so valuable.
Seems that the weighted vest increases the load on your bones and provides extra benefits for someone who is ‘only’ walking. Continue reading