Debunking Myths

Debunking Myths


Myth #1
Osteoporosis occurs only in older people
Fact #1
While osteoporosis is more common in older people, it can strike at any age.


Myth #2
You don’t need to worry about osteoporosis if you just trip and break a bone.
Fact #2
Any broken bones in people over the age of 50 from standing height that are not caused by a serious accident (car crash, falling off a ladder, etc.) can be the first sign of low bone density or osteoporosis. Broken bones from tripping on the sidewalk or falling over something on the floor at home are often related to osteoporosis, yet frequently undiagnosed.


Myth #3
Weak Bone is only sign of Osteoporosis
Fact #3
Osteoporosis is commonly called a “silent disease.” Often, breaking a bone is the first clue you have osteoporosis. Some people learn that they have osteoporosis after they lose height from one or more broken bones in the spine. These broken bones can even occur without any noticeable pain.


Myth #4
An osteoporosis test is painful and exposes you to a lot of radiation.
Fact #4
Many experts which recommend a bone mineral density test using a central DXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) machine. It is simple, painless, takes 5-10 minutes and uses very little radiation.


Myth #5
Children and teens do not need to worry about their bone health.
Fact #5
Children and teens can build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis by being physically active and getting enough calcium and vitamin D.


Myth #6
If you drink a lot of milk and do exercise, you are not at risk for osteoporosis
Fact #6
Even if you drink plenty of milk and exercise, you still may be at risk for osteoporosis. There are many risk factors for osteoporosis – some you can control and some you can’t.


Myth #7
Osteoporosis is just Calcium deficiency so no need to worry
Fact #7
Although you should not worry about osteoporosis but necessary precautions should be taken since Osteoporosis may lead fracture, Broken bones from osteoporosis can be very painful and serious. Broken bones can affect physical, mental and emotional health. Your healthcare provider will tell all the necessary steps/lifestyle modifications to protect your bones.


Myth #8
Taking extra calcium supplements can help prevent osteoporosis.
Fact #8
Taking more calcium than you need does not provide any extra benefits. Estimate the amount of calcium you get from foods on a typical day to determine whether a supplement is right for you.


Myth #9
Most people do not need to take a vitamin D supplement.
Fact #9
Vitamin D helps your body use calcium. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, or if your body doesn’t absorb it well, you are at greater risk for osteoporosis. Your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun and is also available in a few foods. However, many people need a vitamin D supplement. Find out how much vitamin D you need and if a supplement is right for you.


  1. https://www.nof.org/preventing-fractures/general-facts/ Check out. last accessed on 29th Nov’20

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