She's been a familiar face on TV and movie screens for decades, and now actress Sally Field is using her celebrity to raise awareness for osteoporosis. Dr. Oz talks with Sally about her diagnosis with the disease and her Rally with Sally for Bone Health campaign.
Sally says she was aware of a history of osteoporosis in her family, and in 2005, after years of regular bone density tests, she was diagnosed with the bone disease in her hip and spine. "The good news about osteoporosis is that it is very treatable," she says. "But it is silent and you don't know it is there unless you are really getting bone density tests and you have either someone looking out for you, like a really good doctor, or you know enough to look out for yourself."
Since her diagnosis, Sally has actively encouraged other women to understand and manage their symptoms and is raising awareness about the disease with the Rally with Sally for Bone Health campaign. Bone density tests are the key to detecting and preventing the disease, Sally says. In addition, calcium and vitamin D intake, as well as exercise and healthy eating, can help you protect your bone health, she says.
"I don't want to be sick because of my own laziness," Sally says. "If I am going to be sick [it's] because God said that is what is going to happen to me [and] then I will deal with it. But I don't want to feel that terrible regret you must feel that you could've prevented it."
Printed from Oprah.com on Friday, December 13, 2013