Boost Your Bone Health IQ

Vicki DeNoia, MSN, RN, APN
Center for Bone Health

There are more than two million fractures related to osteoporosis in the United States every year, and half of all women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis fracture in their lifetime.

Vicki DeNoia, MSN, RN, APN, from the Center for Bone Health, recently spoke to us about how simple lifestyle adjustments can go a long way toward preserving long-term bone health.

QUIZ: What’s Your Bone Health IQ?

“People tend to be very conscious of the overall health of vital organs like the heart, brain, lungs and even skin; but we tend to take our bone health for granted,” DeNoia says.  “Bones are living tissue, and they are primed to regenerate. But we need to take care of them, just like we do every other part of our body.”

With 15 years of experience in bone-fragility assessment, evaluating fracture risk and the treatment and management of osteoporosis, DeNoia says that by being mindful of specific lifestyle factors and appropriate treatments, you’re ensuring the best care for your bones and empowering yourself over your own bone health for years to come.

Calcium is Key

“Get plenty of calcium-fortified foods, such as almond milk, yogurt and vegetables - spinach and broccoli especially,” DeNoia says. “Vitamin D and calcium supplements can be a great, over-the-counter option when your diet is lacking in calcium.”

Defy Gravity

“The best exercise for your bones is weight-bearing exercise; these are exercises you do on your feet, which require your bones (and muscles) to work against gravity. Picking up your two-year old grandchildren? That counts,” DeNoia says.

Other examples of weight-bearing exercises include:

  • Weight training
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Climbing stairs
  • Tennis
  • Dancing

FIND OUT: Are You at Risk?

Excessive caffeine can deplete bone health - more than three cups of coffee a day – as can smoking and alcohol consumption,” DeNoia says. “Other risk factors include being underweight and certain medications.”

"I have seen far too many patients lose their independence and need to move to a nursing home or depend on a caregiver to help them with their basic activities following a hip fracture,” DeNoia says. “In most cases, this bone disease goes unnoticed until a fracture occurs. The Center for Bone Health was developed to screen and treat this ‘silent disease’ and provide treatment options if necessary.”

For more information on the Center for Bone Heath, please call 732-263-7933 or visit on the web.