Regina plans osteoporosis seminar March 28In the U.S., more than 50 million people are affected by osteoporosis. About 80 percent of them are women.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
In the U.S., more than 50 million people are affected by osteoporosis. About 80 percent of them are women.
On Monday, March 28, the Regina Foundation and American Association of University Women (AAUW) invite the public to a free seminar about osteoporosis and the role that vitamin D plays in prevention of the disease. The seminar, called “Bone Up On Bones,” will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, 1401 W. 15th St. in Hastings.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As the bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture greatly increases. The loss of bone occurs “silently” and progressively. Often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs. Osteoporosis is now largely a treatable condition and, with a combination of lifestyle changes and appropriate medical treatment, many fractures can be avoided.
“While fractures in the elderly can have serious consequences, the risk for getting osteoporosis may be determined at age 20 to 30, when the rate of bone growth slows significantly,” explains Jennie Orr, MD, a family practice physician with Allina Medical Clinic – Hastings. “Early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis can prevent fractures.”
Dr. Orr and Dr. James Mylrea, a radiologist with Consulting Radiologists LTD, will present information about osteoporosis and the role of vitamin D in prevention. Liz Auge, registered dietitian with Regina Medical Center, and Deb Lyness, certified personal trainer with the Hastings YMCA, will cover information about diet and exercise.
The seminar includes information about signs and symptoms, osteoporosis facts, exercise, nutrition, healthy snack options and healthy recipes. Free copies of recipes and exercise suggestions will be available. After the presentations, free coffee and refreshments will be served.
While the seminar is free and open to the public, registration by March 25 is required to plan for handout materials and refreshments. Please call 651-480-4244 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number of people attending.