(BPT) - With the winter season approaching, you may need to pay closer attention to watching your step. Even if you're active, healthy and full of life, statistics show that you have a greater chance of taking a debilitating fall as you age. Mayo Clinic notes that some 400,000 "fragility fractures" occur annually due to falls injuring osteoporosis-weakened bones.
"We get injured when we try to do things beyond our abilities," notes Kim Lombard, an injury prevention coordinator at Mayo Clinic. "Often I hear 'I knew I shouldn't have done it, but I did' or 'I knew I should have asked for help.' People are so afraid to lose their independence they don't want to ask for help, but asking for help actually extends their independence."
Lombard offers several suggestions for minimizing your chances of a debilitating fall this season.
Taking steps to modify your environment or behavior can go a long way to ensure that you stay safe this winter season. For more health tips and information, please visit us at mayoclinic.org.
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