Health Watch — Strong Bones: Prevent Falls

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how you can keep your bones strong and healthy. Early diagnosis of osteoporosis, along with good nutrition and regular exercise, is important for maintaining bones. But even with strong bones, falls can be serious for older adults. In fact, falls are a major cause of injury and death for seniors.

Dr. Craig Rubin, a geriatrics expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says many falls can be prevented with fairly simple measures. Tell your doctor if you feel off-balance, dizzy or have fallen. Have your vision checked regularly. Clear your home of obstacles that could cause you to trip or fall, such as loose carpets or poor lighting. Participate in an exercise program that works on your balance. Have heart-related problems such as low blood pressure treated, and make sure your doctor knows about all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal remedies.


October 2007

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