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Preventing Fractures: Simple Steps to Stronger Bones and Safer Living

Endocrinologist at HSS, Jessica Rachel Starr, MD shares how to prevent bone fractures and manage osteoporosis in an interview with Creaky Joints. 

Falls might not seem like a big deal to many, but for older adults or those with or at risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, they can have serious consequences. Falling can lead to severe injuries, make daily tasks harder, reduce your quality of life, and take away the freedom to live independently. In some cases, falls can even be life-threatening. 

As you get older, it’s smart to re-evaluate your home, even if you’ve been living there for decades. “What was safe when you were 40 is not okay anymore when you’re 75 or 80,” said Dr. Starr. Look out for potential hazards like loose rugs. Make sure there’s proper lighting, especially near staircases, and that banisters are sturdy. If your bathtub is high, consider installing support handles to help you get in and out safely. 

Something as simple as being more conscious of your everyday movement can be a powerful fracture prevention step. “Slow down and don’t go up and down the stairs carrying things,” said Dr. Starr. “Go up and down the stairs holding the banister.” 

Read the full article at creakyjoints.org.