Do you know these six, important, common misconceptions about osteoporosis?
- Many people think that because their bones feel fine, they don’t have a bone density issue. This is wrong. Osteoporosis is painless until you break a bone.
- Just because your mom didn’t break a hip or vertebra, it doesn’t mean she didn’t have osteoporosis. And even so, your osteoporosis inheritance pattern might have come from your dad’s side… just like your curly hair and your bunions did.
- Osteoporosis has NOTHING to do with osteoarthritis. A lot of folks think that if they don’t have osteoarthritis, they don’t have osteoporosis. Other than the Latin root word, osteo, and the fact that both conditions occur in older people, the two are totally unrelated.
- We’re told if we do weight-bearing exercises, we can prevent osteoporosis. You would have to do about 30 minutes of jumping jacks every day to have any appreciable effect on bone density. And if you do that, you will be seeing your local orthopod for all sorts of painful conditions. The benefits are unpredictable and probably don’t outweigh the risks. A little jogging and weightlifting isn’t going to eliminate the need for calcium and vitamin D supplementation. I’m not saying not to exercise. Just don’t depend on it to prevent osteoporosis.
- You cannot get enough calcium through diet alone. You would have to eat a wheelbarrow of kale, yogurt and sardines to get even a fraction of the calcium you need to ingest to maintain your bone density.
- If you get out in the sun, you will get a sunburn and very little Vitamin D. I think you’d have to sunbathe naked, with no sunscreen for over 30 minutes every day! So… we take vitamin D3 via the pie hole.