Osteoporosis in the Family Video Transcript
It’s something we rarely discuss: the health of our bones. But millions of Americans today suffer from bone diseases such as osteoporosis, and without concerted effort, by 2020 half of all Americans over 50 will be at risk.
In response to the growing crisis, the Surgeon General has issued a report on our nation’s bone health and he offers some tips for keeping your bones healthy.
Abby Perelman never thought she’d have osteoporosis. But at the age of 47, she was diagnosed with the disease.
|Abby Perelman||“When the test results came back positive I was very, very surprised. I couldn’t believe that I had osteoporosis because I felt good and I looked good.”|
|Voice Over||Often, bone disease goes undetected until it’s too late…that’s one reason why the Surgeon General is releasing Bone health and Osteoporosis, a new report that details just how widespread the condition is. And a companion piece – What It Means To You.|
|Vice Admiral Richard Carmona||“Bone disease, especially osteoporosis, leads to a downward spiral in physical health and quality of life. Many people lose their ability to walk, dress themselves or they die early.”|
|Lawrence Raisz, M.D.||“Osteoporosis is a silent disease until you fracture. But it’s before you fracture that you want to do something about it.”|
|Voice Over||For all the bad news, there’s a great deal of hope because osteoporosis is preventable and treatable. A quick and painless test is available to measure bone density, and new drugs are available to treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases before life-threatening fractures occur.|
|Vice Admiral Richard Carmona||“Thirty years ago, doctors thought weak bones and osteoporosis were a natural part of aging, but today we know that strong bones begin in childhood, and even adults can take steps to keep their bones healthy.”|
|Voice Over||The simple steps: Adults should get at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity; children need 60 minutes, with weight-bearing activities to improve strength and balance; get the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D; take steps to minimize the risk of falls. And finally, talk to your doctor about your risk factors.|
|Lawrence Raisz, M.D.||“You’re never too young or too old to improve your bone health.”|
|Abby Perelman||“I really wasn’t doing very much to prevent osteoporosis. I wasn’t taking calcium, I wasn’t monitoring my vitamin D.”|
Those are preventive measures Abby now encourages others to take.
For a free copy of the Surgeon General’s guide on bone health call this toll-free number: 1-866-718-BONE or visit www.SurgeonGeneral.gov.
Last revised: January 4, 2007