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Carroll County Memorial Hospital is joining with the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) to celebrate National Osteoporosis Month beginning on May 1. As part of the annual observance, NOF is calling on women and men to start conversations about bone health and family history as the first step to protecting themselves and future generations from osteoporosis.
In the U.S today, about 10 million individuals have osteoporosis and another 34 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. In fact, a woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Despite these startling facts, NOF recently surveyed mothers and daughter and found that 94 percent of mothers and daughters admit they are not concerned with osteoporosis as a health condition and only 26 percent have spoken with one another about the disease. With up to one in four men at risk of suffering a broken bone due to osteoporosis, men need to be taking part in these conversations as well.
Carroll County Memorial Hospital is hoping to help ignite these important conversations and spread osteoporosis prevention messages to women and men. Jamie Ross, Director of Radiology Services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, shares “by educating, getting conversations started with providers and offering bone density testing in your backyard we hope to reduce the prevalence of this disease which has no known cure.”
To help raise awareness and protect future generations from osteoporosis Carroll County Memorial Hospital is joining with the National Osteoporosis Foundation and calling on men and women of all ages to join the conversation by:
• Talking with family members and loved ones about bone health, calcium, vitamin D, exercise and other ways to prevent osteoporosis;
• Asking their healthcare provider about their osteoporosis risk factors and when to get a bone density test; and
• Striving to get enough calcium, vitamin D, and bone healthy exercise everyday.
“Carroll County Memorial Hospital is committed to wellness” Jeff Tindle, Chief Executive Officer stated. “We continue to share with our community our dedication to wellness which we believe to be the key to our core values of this facility…Dedication to our Community and Exceptional Care”
For more information about osteoporosis, including prevention, risk factors and treatment, speak to your healthcare team or visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website at www.nof.org or call 1 -800-231-4222.
For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital or an appointment, visit our website www.carrollcountyhospital.org or call 660-542-1695.