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Bone up on Your Health during Osteoporosis Awareness Month

As part of Osteoporosis Awareness Month, Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center and the National Osteoporosis Foundation are teaming up to sponsor an important discussion on osteoporosis prevention, identification and treatment.

The free event is 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Omaha Public Libraryís Swanson Branch, 9001 W. Dodge Road. Registration is not required.

Laura Armas, M.D., of the Osteoporosis Research Center will talk about what women and men can do to protect their bone health. Her presentation is part of the National Osteoporosis Foundationís Pearls of Strength Salon Series, which encourages conversation about bone health and awareness of the important role family history plays in osteoporosis.

Attendees meeting eligibility requirements may sign up for a free bone-density screening for a later date. To be eligible, a person must be at least 19 years old, have not had a bone-density scan at Creighton within the past two years, and weigh less than 300 pounds.

Roberts Dairy will provide complimentary food samples at the event to emphasize that adequate consumption of calcium, as well as vitamin D, plays an important role in osteoporosis prevention.

Osteoporosis is not strictly a womanís disease; men can suffer from it too. However, this debilitating disease strikes one in two American women over the age of 50. In fact, osteoporotic fractures occur in 1.5 million American women annually, more than the combined incidence of breast cancer, heart attack and stroke. Furthermore, 25 percent of women suffering a hip fractures die within one year of the fracture.

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by a loss of bone mass and bone strength, which can cause bones to fracture more easily. A bone-density scan is the only valid screening tool to diagnose osteoporosis before a bone fracture occurs. If you have osteoporosis, the good news is there are many treatment options to help manage the disease and even improve your bone health.

Creighton University was one of the first to establish research facilities for the study of osteoporosis in the 1960s. Today, the Creighton Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University Medical Center is one of five comprehensive osteoporosis centers in the U.S., providing the best patient care and state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis, research and treatment of the disease.