Did you know that as you age, you are slowing losing more bone than you making?  That is because as we age, our bodies are continually removing old bone and replacing it with new bone.  Unfortunately as we age, our bodies become less effective at doing this and osteoporosis occurs.  Osteoporosis causes bones to become weakened and brittle.  Weakened bones are more susceptible to fractures - from even the mildest stresses, such as bending over or coughing. 

Findings published in August of 2015, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reported sixteen point two percent of adults have osteoporosis.  Both men and women of all races are affected by osteoporosis however post-menopausal women, of European heritage, are at greater risk for developing this bone disorder.

If you have osteoporosis or want to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis join University of Illinois Extension’s Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Diane Reinhold, and the Senior Resource Center for a workshop called: Understanding Osteoporosis.  This workshop will offer an understanding of how osteoporosis develops and what lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis and explain the role diet plays in helping to maintain your bone health. 

Understanding Osteoporosis will be held on Wednesday, October 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Senior Resource Activity Center, 216 E. Stephenson Street, Freeport.  There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is required by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 235-4125 or on-line by clicking here.  Registration deadline is October 21.