15 Essential Tips for Traveling When You Have Osteoporosis

Although retirement means travel for most, it also means you’ll have to be vigilant with certain ailments like osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disease where either your body makes too little bone, you experience attrition or both, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Two complications from the disease include fracture and pain. The disease typically occurs in people age 50 or over and can strike both men and women. Approximately 54 million Americans have the disease, which can be managed with medication and care. But what steps should you take if you plan to fly or hit the road and you have osteoporosis? All these tips can help, but the information on page 14 maybe the most important.

1. Understand any upcoming challenges before your trip

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Before any trip, know your condition and any challenges you may face on the road. Have a discussion with your doctor about reasonable limitations you might have, according to Osteoporosis Canada. It is a good idea to assess your medical needs and make copies of your medical records for travel. You may also consider working with a travel agent who understands osteoporosis and how to plan accordingly.

Next: You may need certain vaccinations depending upon where you travel.

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