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All About Osteoporosis

Tomorrow is World Osteoporosis Day and we are proud to be able to support such an important cause.

We thought that we would put together this short blog to tell you a little more about Osteoporosis, how it affects a person and a few of the things you can do that could help prevent it.

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and fragile meaning that they break easily.

Things such as a minor fall, bump, sneeze, or sudden movement could cause someone with osteoporosis to experience a fracture which could be life-threatening or even a major cause of pain or long-term disability.

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture.

What Helps Prevent Osteoporosis?

Provided that action is taken early, osteoporosis can be prevented and there are a number of different things that could be done to help. This includes:

Exercising regularly

Exercises such as weight-bearing, balance training, and muscle-strengthening techniques are your best options.

Make Sure Your Diet Is Rich In Bone-Healthy Nutrients

The most important nutrients for bone health are calcium, vitamin D and protein. These should form part of a balanced diet and safe exposure to sunshine will help you get enough vitamin D.

Look After Your Body

You will want to make sure that you maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, and excessive drinking. These are things that will help you maintain a healthy body and can also prevent other diseases.

See If You Have Any Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors to getting osteoporosis and your GP will be trained to spot these. However, if you are concerned, the NHS has a helpful list of factors here. There is also a very helpful risk test that you could complete here.

What Should I Do If I Am Concerned?

If you are concerned that you have significant risk factors and are aged over 50, you should discuss these with your GP and request an assessment.

Your GP may recommend things such as lifestyle changes and, for those at high risk, your GP may prescribe medication to help prevent fractures.

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