Your lifestyle could
increase your risks of having a broken hip. You want a broken hip: Here's
what you do to increase your chances.
- Be sure to smoke cigarettes.
Women who smoke have estrogen levels in the blood half that of
non-smokers. A low estrogen lever increases the risk of hip fractures.
- Don't exercise, because exercise
helps to build good strong bones--particularly weight-bearing exercise
such as walking. If you must exercise just do some swimming. The isn't
weight-bearing exercise and won't help your bones. There is no good
treatment for osteoporosis or thinning of the bones. Prevention is the
only treatment and that is primarily exercise.
- During your adolescent yours be
sure to keep as thin as possible by going on a stringent diet. If you are
a woman and you keep your bones small by a skimpy diet and not exercise,
you have a much greater chance of breaking your bones when you get past
- If you are a small-or thin-boned
woman and if you have your ovaries removed prematurely you will very
likely have a broken hip if you do not lake estrogen.
- Eat a very high protein diet
containing lots of meat. Excess dietary protein makes you excrete more
calcium in your urine and helps make a trip to the hospital with a broken
hip more likely.
- Do get used to a high intake of
mil, with a lot of calcium when you are young and then when older suddenly
stop using it. Older people have difficulty adapting to low calcium when
they were previously on a high intake. Stopping calcium intake helps to
increase your risk of a hip fracture.
- If you eat foods with a very low
calcium to phosphorus ratio this will help to produce a fracture. Avoid
greens, eat steaks and be sure to drink lot of soft drinks. The is
very good for developing bone fractures.
- Drink lots of coffee and tea.
Coffee and tea keep calcium from being absorbed and put you into a
negative calcium balance. And even though this negative balance is slight,
over a period of yours it is likely to aid in producing that hip fracture.
- Get your doctor to give you some
medicines that will make you a little dizzy especially when you are post
60. When you get up at night you are much more likely to slip and fall and
suffer a hip fracture.
- As you grow older, be sure to
have a lot of small throw rugs on a smooth floor so you can slip and fall
- Drink a considerable amount of
alcohol. This will reduce you calcium absorption.
- Take a lot of the aluminum
antacids as they increase calcium excretion.
- Keep under a lot of stress. Women
who eat while under stress may absorb as much as 30 percent less calcium.
- Eat a lot of salt to increase
So now you know how to break
your hip. You may choose to be wise and avoid the problem.
J. A. Scharffenberg, M.S., M.P.H.
A community service of the S.D.A.