10 Mar How to help prevent Osteoporosis
A health condition that causes the bones to become less dense and brittle which results in them becoming weak. This leads to pain around the joints (especially once broken) and usually in the back. The bones become more prone to breaks and fractures.
Develops slowly over years and women are more susceptible to the condition due to menopause as women loose approximately 1% of bone density per year during menopause. In serious cases a sneeze or a cough could cause a fracture usually within the ribs, but most common injuries are broken hips and wrists. The condition affects over 3 million people in the UK.
Causes of Osteoporosis;
• Related to other medical conditions I.e malabsorption of nutrients
• Long-term use of steroids
• Eating disorders causes malnutrition such as anorexia and bulimia
• Heavy drinking and smoking
To help prevent Osteoporosis;
• Having a healthy diet. Foods with calcium and vitamin D are important
• Exercising regularly – resistance training especially to strengthen bones
• Having and maintaining a healthy weight