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Hip Fracture Prevention


Early corrective action may help alleviate many of the factors that can lead to a hip fracture. Here's what you can do:

  • Eat a diet with nutrients for strong bones:
    • Calcium —about 1000 milligrams daily, but check with your doctor
    • Vitamin D —400-800 units a day
    • Adequate protein intake
  • Exercise (Ask your doctor before starting):
    • Weight-bearing activities such as walking
    • Strengthening exercises for both upper and lower extremities
  • See your doctor if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Preventive medication may include:
    • Hormone replacement therapy for women after menopause
    • Biphosphonates
    • Calcitonin
  • Ask your doctor if any of your medications may contribute to:
    • Bone loss
    • Dizziness, drowsiness, or confusion
  • Reduce falling hazards at work and home:
    • Clean spills and slippery areas immediately.
    • Remove tripping hazards such as loose cords, rugs, and clutter.
    • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
    • Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower or tub.
    • Put in handrails on both sides of stairways.
    • Walk only in well-lit rooms, stairs, and halls.
    • Keep flashlights on hand in case of a power outage.
  • Get your eyes checked regularly.

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