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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Trenton Sun Page 7 - Local Dear Savvy Senior, Can a person in their ea.rly 50's have osteoporosis? When I fell and broke my wrist last winter the doctor that treated me told me I might have osteoporosis. What can you tell me? Worried Ronda Dear Ronda, While osteoporosis is much more common in older seniors, it can strike at any age. In fact, the National Osteoporosis Founda- tion estimates that half of women and up to 25 percent of men in the U.S. over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Here's what you should know. WHO'S AT RISK? Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to become brittle and weak and more susceptible to fractures. Around 10 million Americans already have osteo- porosis (80 percent are women) while another 43 million have "pre-osteoporosis," or osteopenia. But the good news is this disease is both preventable and treat- able. Most people, by the time they reach their late 30's, gradually start losing some of their bone mass, but for women, menopause is the time when this process re- ally accelerates. Bone loss for men occurs much more slowly. However, by age 75, osteoporosis is as common in men as it is in women. Some of the key risk factors of developing osteoporosis include: being over age 50; being female; menopause; having a family his- tory of the disease; being small and thin; having an eating disor- der; not getting enough calcium and vitamin D; getting too much protein, sodium and caffeine; hav- ing an inactive lifestyle; smoking;, drinking too much alcohol; tak- ing certain medications (see nof. org/articles/6 for a list); and hav- ing certain medical conditions (see nof.org/articles/5). To help you determine your risk of osteoporosis, the National Institutes of Health has a quick, online quiz you can take at bone- checkup.org. PREVENTION AND TREATMENT A good first step in preventing and treating osteoporosis is to get screened. For women, that should start around menopause, espe- cially if you're not taking estro- gen, or anyone who has broken a bone after age 50 or who has other risk factors: All women over 65 and men over 70 should be tested every two years; Medicare covers it. Screen- ing for osteoporosis is a simple, painless, bone density test, which takes about five minutes. Here's what else you can do to protect your bones. Boost your calcium: The best way to get bone-building calcium is through your diet. Dairy prod- ucts (low-fat milk, cheeses and yo- gurt), dark green leafy vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards), sardines and salmon, cooked dried beans, soy foods, almonds and fortified cereals and juices are all good sources of calcium. Vitamin D is also important to help you body absorb calcium. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends 1,000 mg of calcium daily for women un- der age 50 and for men under 70, and 1,200 mg for women 51 and older and for men over 71. Note: Recent studies have found that excess calcium could increase the risk of heart disease. They also recommend all adults under age 50 get 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D, or 800 to 1,000 IU if you're over 50. If you're not get- ting enough vitamin D through. sunlight or food, consider taking a supplement. Most daily multivi- tamins contain at least 400 IU. Exercise: Weight-bearing ex- ercises like walking, and strength training with weights or resistant bands three or four times a week can also significantly improve your bone health. Control these vices: Avoid smoking, limit alcohol to no more than two or three drinks per day, and limit caffeine(coffee, tea or caffeinated soda) to three cups a day. Consider medications: The most widely prescribed for osteo- porosis are bisphosphonates, a class of drugs designed to slow or stop bone loss. Talk to your doctor about these and other medication options, as well as potential side effects. Send your senior questions to: Sav- vy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior. org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of"The Savvy Senior" book. J L. Trenton Senior Meal Site March 2-6 MONDAY Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Baked Beans, Cottage Cheese, Fruit TUESDAY Chicken a la King, Lima Beans, Biscuit, Tapioca, Orange Wedges WEDNESDAY Roasted Pork with Gravy, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Dessert THURSDAY Steak and Rice, Brussels Sprouts, French Bread, Cherry Crunch FRIDAY Cod Sandwich, Macaroni & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Cookies Call with reservations before 9 a.m.; leave a message. Subject to change without notice. Meals are served at noon each day. To arrange transportation to the Meal Site, call South Central Transit at 800-660-7433. K Wills, Trusts and Estates K Contracts K Family Law 201 E. Hanover New Baden, IL Exceptional Benefits at a Great In Town Location! Private Office • Fully Equipped • Phone System • Desktop PC • Printer • Locking File Drawers and Cabinet • Bookshelf • Desk • Comfortable Chairs • 24 Hour Building Access • All Utilities • Janitorial, Security & Maintenance Services ) j l rospectie Tenants will apply with Kaskaskia College ISBDC Director and present txsiness goat & objectives, Steve Groner, Director Laura Vahlkamp-Anderson IL Small Bus. Dev. Center Trenton Ed. Center Director Kaskaskia College Kaskaskia College 618.545.3260 618-224-2666 sgroner@kaskaskia.edU landerson@kaskaskia.edu i geOc ' New daycare debuts in Albers dodie's Oaycare had an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, Feb. 21. The new daycare center is located at 5940 Red Bud Dr. in Albers, next to The Home Nursery just outside of Damiansville. Joining owners Jodie and Marshall Lucas of Albers were Damiansville Mayor Herman Jansen, Dennis Molitor-Vice President of Finance& Accounting for Home Nursery, and the staff of Jodie's Daycare. For more information, call 618-910-1854. PLEASE JOIN US at one of the HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Spring Health Fair Screenings between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m. at: Breese KC HalI-Thu, Ilar 12; Germantown Legion-Wed, Mar 25; Trenton First United Methodist Church, Wed, Apt 8; or Carlyle KC Hail-Tue, Apt 21. NOTE: There will be NO HEALTH FAIR AT THE HEALTHPLEX in Breese (now Clinton County YMCA). Register at the Fair, or to preregister, submit the form below to the hospital one week before the Fair you plan to attend. Admission is free. Screening fees can be included with your registration or paid at the Fair. As soon as the blood test results are processed, one copy will be mailed to the address you supply. If you haven't ,received results in one month, please call. To benefit the community, we have reduced the price of many screenings (see below). We will continue to offer FREE blood pressure checks and diabetes finger sticks, and now our body . composition calculations and pulmonary function tests are free too. Don't forget your unneeded eye glasses for the Lion's drop box, as well as wigs, hats and scarves for the Cancer Care Closet. If registering for more than one person, attach the requested information on another sheet or download a form at www.stjoebreese.corn. Sorry, we do not schedule screenings by appointment. Data derived from screenings/lab tests requires correlation by a physician for interpretation• Results do not constitute a medical diagnosis. It is your responsibility to follow up with a doctor. Medicare will NOT reimburse Health Fair fees. F:0000,IR Screenings 2015 SPRING HEALTH FAIR PREREGISTRATION DO NOT BRING THIS FORM TO THE FAIR. IT MUST BE PROCESSED 1 WEEK IN ADVANCE TO REDUCE YOUR WAIT. Preregistration is requested but not required. To preregister, bring this form to the hospital or HealthPlex desk, fax it to (618) 526-1404, mail it to "Health Fair Screenings, St. Joseph's Hospital, PO Box 99, Breese, IL 62230" or email the info to sj.heathrair@hsh&or 9. Please print, lark the date on your calendar--you will not receive a confirmation. Call (618) 526-5698 with questions. LAST FIRST NAME NAME MAILING ADDRESS CITY PHONE NUMBER WHEN AVAILABLE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO [-]Yes IF YES, EMAIL RECEIVE HEALTH EVENT INFO BY EMAIL? [-INo ADDRESS CHECK THE FAIR YOU PLAN TO ATTEND BETWEEN 6:00 & 10:00 AN: [] THU-MAR 12 BREESE Knights of Columbus 480 N Walnut St [] WED-HAR 25 GERHANTOWN Legion Hall 1105 Sycamore St [] WED-APR 8 TRENTON 1st United Methodist Church, Old Rt 50 [] TUE-APR 21 CARLYLE' Knights of Columbus 1471 Fairfax St NO HEALTHPLEX HEALTH FAIR DOWNLOAD MORE FORMS AT stjoebreese.com DO YOU HAVE A r-lYes PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN? r-]No MIDDLE" BIRTH INITIAL-- DATE / /--- r-lM ST-- ZiP SEX: r-IF DO YOU PLAN TO FOLLOW UP WITH A r-]Yes PHYSICIAN WITJ-t SCREENING RESULTS? [] No FEE HELP US PREPARE BY MARKING THE FEE SERVICES YOU WISH TO RECEIVE: $35 CB$ (COMPREHENSIVE BLOOD SCREENING) -- REQUIRES 10 HOUR FAST. Screens for anemia, infection & diabetes; measures cholesterol levels; checks thyroid, liver & kidney function. $15 VITAMIN D -- A general screening taken from your blood samPle. Normal levels may be important for immune function, cancer prevention and osteoporosis treatment. $10 PSA (PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN) -- MEN ONLY. The doctor uses this blood test result in conjunction with an exam to screen men for prostate cancer. $10 HEHOGLOBIN AIC -- FOR THOSE WITH/AT-RISK FOR DIABETES. This blood screening indicates if treatment measures are working to prevent organ damage. $5 BONE DENSITY HEEL SCREENING -- RECOMMENDED EVERY OTHER YEAR. Osteoporosis screening for women and men. Requires you to remove a shoe and sock, $1 COLON CANCER SCREENING KITS -- Contains everything you need to collect the three recommended samples for this AT HOME scree0ing. Free PULHoNARY FUNCTION & PULSE OX SCREENINGS -- Heasures lung capacity/blood oxygen levels. Free BODY COMPOSITION TEST -- Calculates the percentage of fat in your body. CASH, CHECKS & CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE FAIR OR PREPAY WITH THIS FORM. DO NOT PREPAY CASH. 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