Osteoporosis

Financial experts will tell you it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Many Canadians take that advice to heart, dutifully contributing to RRSPs, TFSAs and other investments. Their goal: to one day enjoy a comfortable retirement and the flexibility to do things like travel, spend time with family, pursue...

It’s easy to take one’s mobility and independence for granted. Climbing onto a chair to reach the highest cupboard – no problem. Descending a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant’s restroom – piece of cake. Rolling out of bed and stepping into the shower – a daily routine that isn’t given a second thought....

This article, describing and debunking some of the common myths about osteoporosis, appeared in The Huffington Post in November 2016. It has been republished with permission. Byline: Dr. Famida Jiwa, President and CEO, Osteoporosis Canada   November may be Osteoporosis Month, yet just five per cent of Canadians...

Going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant experience. Whether you’re the patient or visiting a loved one, being in a hospital can often be stressful and disheartening. And for someone with osteoporosis, it can be especially scary if you’re there after suffering an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporotic fractures, also...

What’s the first thing you think of when hearing the word “fracture”? Maybe a small break, like the kind your children or grandchildren might get from falling off the monkey bars. They wore a cast for a few weeks, and perhaps needed crutches to get around, while sitting out of gym class while their bone healed. But...

A fractured wrist. A broken hip. Death within a year? That’s how serious a fracture may be. And for someone with osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to thin and become more porous, a fracture can often mean life or death. More than 80 percent of fractures in Canada after age 50 are caused by osteoporosis,...

As you get older, your risk of breaking a bone can increase – especially if you have osteoporosis.  Even something as simple as lifting a heavy grocery bag, bumping your elbow on the car door, or tripping over a curb, can leave you in a cast. What’s even scarier is that your first fracture is unlikely to be your last if...

Suffering from a fracture can dramatically change your day-to-day life. Osteoporotic fractures can cause an independent, active individual to become stationary, cautious, or fully reliant on others. After a fracture, everyday tasks that were once taken for granted may be rendered impossible as your mobility...

Do you always follow your doctor’s advice? You might be surprised to learn that many people do not. For someone with osteoporosis for example, following a physician-directed treatment plan might seem like an obvious or easy thing to do, but it’s not always as simple as one might think. One study found that only 50...

Breaking a bone isn’t something you worry about regularly – that’s kid’s stuff. Falling off the jungle gym or mis-stepping on the trampoline aren’t concerns of yours. But while you may not be as adventurous as that child, you may be just as likely to break a bone. That’s because as we age, our bones tend to weaken,...