Did you know that ice cream is loaded with calcium, providing 10% of your daily-recommended allowance per serving? That means that snacking can give you what you need to keep those bones in good shape preventing osteoporosis or “porous bones”.
Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens the bones to the point that they become fragile and break easily. It’s seen most often in small-framed women age 40 to 50. Women who are postmenopausal, particularly light-skinned, and have a family history of osteoporosis are also at risk for this debilitating disease.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis does not have any symptoms until a fracture occurs. Women most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. But any fracture could be a warning sign that the bone is weaker than optimal.
So how do you know if you have osteoporosis?
A bone mineral density test is considered the best way to check your bone health. Bone density tests compare your bone density to the bones of an average healthy young adult. The most widely recognized test is a DXA scan of the hip and spine. This test shows if you have normal bone density, low bone mass, or osteoporosis. It is also used to monitor bone density changes over time in response to treatment. DXA scans are available at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health located on the Replacement Hospital campus in New Lenox.
Free Dove® Ice Cream Bar.
Women who call before Aug. 31 to schedule an appointment for a DXA Scan to screen for osteoporosis will receive a complimentary Dove® Bar. Getting enough calcium is critical for keeping those bones strong! Call 1-815-740-7076 and don’t forget to mention ICE CREAM! A physician’s order is required at time of appointment. Don’t have a doctor? Call 1-888-660-HEAL for a free referral.