We all know we're supposed to drink lots of milk and build strong bones. On Monday, Dr. Michael Owen joined us on HealthWise at 5 to explain why it's so important to know if you're showing signs of osteoporosis, which eats away at the bones until they're brittle and easy to break.
"1 in 6 women in their lifetime will break a hip. Up to 50% of them will be dead from that hip fracture within the first year. Of the 50% who survive the fracture, as many as 85% will be confined to a wheelchair or bed for the rest of their life," says Dr. Michael Owen, Gynecologist.
Dr. Owen is one of several featured speakers in a program this Thursday called All About Osteoporosis Day. Covenant Heart Institute is sponsoring the event on Thursday with free bone density heel scans available, too, so you can see if you're already at risk of the disease.
That's Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Covenant's Lifestyles Center. Reservations are required. To make your reservation, you can call 1-866-6WOMENS. That number is 1-866-696-6367.