Osteoporosis: Living With That Skeleton in Your Closet -- Victoria Schmidt
Tuesday, January 23 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Odd Fellows Hall, SLO
$5 for LLCC Members $10 for Others
Did you know that one woman in two, and one man in four over the age 50 will break a bone due to Osteoporosis?
Or that a quarter of all patients with hip fractures die within a year?
Or that your bones are alive and everyday your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new?
Throughout your life, your bones are constantly rebuilding. But as you age, you run a greater risk of your new bone growth not being able to keep up with the old bone you’re losing. Osteopenia and osteoporosis develop when this imbalance makes bones weak and likely to break.
Osteoporosis (porous bones), a “silent disease” sneaks up on us as we age. We may not realize that our bones have seriously weakened until we break a bone because of a fall, or even a cough or a sneeze, or from getting a hug?
A stooped posture, low-trauma fractures, and collapsed vertebrae are a few of the tell-tale signs associated with weakened and brittle bones. But fortunately, an osteoporosis diagnosis doesn’t have to be permanent. By taking the right steps, you can reduce your risk of future fractures, stop bone loss, and even rebuild your low bone density. This course explores diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyles that are keys to preventing, treating, and managing Osteoporosis.
Victoria Schmidt, MS, RD, is a Cal Poly graduate, a Registered Dietitian, and a member of the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation Ambassadors Leadership Council. She has worked as a clinical and critical care dietitian in local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and a medical hospice. She has presented wellness programs at spas, libraries, and senior settings. Victoria knows, whereof she speaks, and lives actively, passionately, and positively with her own Osteoporosis.