10 Surprising facts about bone health
You have cottage
cheese for lunch and regularly swim after dinner, so you think you’re getting
the calcium and exercise you need to ward off osteoporosis.
Last month my
74-year-old mother while walking, tripped on a small tuft of grass, fell - and
broke her rib! Her recovery has been painful, debilitating and at times
depressing. It also affected my elderly father who relies heavily on her day to
day. Surprisingly, this instance of fracture was not due to osteoporosis.
Chalk & cheese: optimum nutrition for bone health
Almost every 8
minutes, someone is admitted to a hospital somewhere in Australia with a
fracture due to osteoporosis. 1.9 million, which is 1 in 10 Australians have the
can I keep my bones strong?
There are things you
should do at any age to prevent weakened bones. Eating foods that are rich in
calcium and vitamin D is important. So is including regular weight-bearing
exercise in your lifestyle. These are the best ways to keep your bones strong
Osteoporosis - the bone thief
Osteoporosis is a
disease that weakens bones to the point where they break easily—most often bones
in the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. Osteoporosis is called the “silent
disease”—you may not notice any changes until a bone breaks. But your bones have
been losing strength for many years.
Tips on how to avoid falling
When your bones are
weak, a simple fall can cause a broken bone. This can mean a trip to the
hospital and maybe surgery. It might also mean being laid up for a long time,
especially in the case of a hip fracture. So, it is important to prevent falls.
Osteoporosis is not
just a woman’s disease. Not as many men have it as women do, but men need to
worry about it as well. This may be because most men start with more bone
density than women and lose it more slowly as they grow older.
What to do if you have osteoporosis
means stopping the bone loss and rebuilding bone to prevent breaks. Diet and
exercise can help make your bones stronger. But they may not be enough if you
have lost a lot of bone density.