Safeguard your bone health — and your retirement dreams

Financial experts will tell you it’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Osteoporosis prevention is just as important.

Many Canadians take the financial 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 new hobbies, volunteer or enjoy a different pace of life.

The active approach to bone health

Osteoporosis prevention — preventing the disease itself, and the fractures it can cause — is just as crucial for a happy retirement. Yet how many of us are diligent when it comes to bone health? If you haven’t been investing in your bone health in the same ways you’ve been investing in your RRSPs, all your hard work can be for naught.

For those who suffer one or more bone fractures as a result of osteoporosis, the consequences can be severe. According to Osteoporosis Canada, just 44 percent of people discharged from hospital for a hip fracture ever return home. Imagine spending a career preparing for an active retirement, only to have those carefully laid plans devastated by brittle bones caused by undiagnosed and untreated osteoporosis.

Talk to your doctor about osteoporosis risk

As with retirement savings, with a little bit of planning and foresight, you can invest in your bone health. Take this quiz to see if you’re at risk. Speak to your doctor about getting a 10-year fracture risk assessment, and let her or him know that you’d like to know more about how to prevent osteoporosis, or how to guard against fractures if you already show signs of the disease.

When it comes to preparing for the future, your finances and your health are both essential to making your retirement a happy one.

After reading this article and watching this video, are you more likely to speak to your doctor about getting a 10-year fracture risk assessment?

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