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May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

May 01, 2014

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recently released new data estimating that approximately 9 million adults in the U.S. have osteoporosis and more than 48 million have low bone mass, placing them at risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. It is estimated that by 2020, 10.7 million adults will have osteoporosis and 58.2 million will have low bone mass.  To combat the rising tide of osteoporosis, the National Osteoporosis Foundation has launched a campaign, Break Free from Osteoporosis and encourages everyone to learn the risk factors for osteoporosis and make lifestyle changes to build strong bones for life.  Following a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and regularly engaging in weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises are two lifestyle changes that can help protect bones.

Medicare provides coverage of bone mass measurements for beneficiaries at clinical risk of osteoporosis.

Rochester General Imaging offers bone density scanning (DEXA) at six of its office locations, including Rochester General Hospital, Crosskeys, Alexander Park, Linden Oaks, Northern Heights and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. Learn more +

For more information about National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, visit The National Osteoporosis Foundation website http://www.nof.org/

For more information about Medicare's coverage of bone mass measurements, visit http://cms.hhs.gov/BoneMassMeasurement/