Actress Sally Field, two-time Academy Award winner and star of the television show Brothers and Sisters, joins The Doctors to raise awareness about osteoporosis.
Bone is living tissue that is constantly broken down and replaced with new bone. Osteoporosis is a condition that occurs when the bone tissue thins and becomes brittle and porous, causing breaks and fractures. Women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, and 80 percent of women will develop osteoporosis if they do not take the proper precautions.
"There are no symptoms," says Sally. "It's a very quiet disease, a very dangerous disease. One out of two women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture, and that fracture can really devastate her life, depending on how old she is and where the fracture is."
Learn more about osteoporosis.
Rally with Sally
The Rally with Sally campaign is aimed at preventing and managing osteoporosis. Some women are genetically predisposed for the disease, but Sally hopes the program can help these women as well.
"We try to teach women about bone health and how to stave off osteoporosis as long as you can, if you're going to get it anyway," Sally says, "with nutrition, calcium-rich meals and weight-bearing exercise."
The Rally with Sally Campaign and the Bone Healthy Workout is sponsored by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and GlaxoSmithKline.
Bone Mineral Density Test
The best and most effective evaluation of bone health is a bone mineral density (BMD) test. See how a BMD test is performed.
"There are incredibly effective treatments," Sally says. "You needn't be at risk. You can stay upright and healthy the rest of your life, but you can't do that unless you go get, number one, the bone density test, to know where you stand, because otherwise you don't know."
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
• Women over the age of 50
• Any type of estrogen deficiency -- menopause, hysterectomy, etc.
• Those on progesterone medications
• History of bone fractures
• Small frames
• Family history of osteoporosis
• Excessive use of alcohol
• Treated for cancer at any age
• Hormone therapy
• Prescription medications
• Physical therapy programs
• Bone strengthening exercise
Preserve and maintain the health of your bones with these simple tips:
• Get at least 10 minutes of sun every day
• Check your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone loss.
• Eat foods rich in calcium
• Avoid salt
• Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine
• Perform weight-bearing exercises, activities that allow your structure to support your weight.
Add these foods to your diet:
• Sesame seeds
• Sweet potatoes
"I even talk to kids about bone health," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "You're making new bone only until about age 30 and then after that it starts to decrease. So you've got to get the good diet and the good exercise in when you're young."
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