Most of us think of osteoporosis like a blue rinse - it's something you
get when your old. Sorry, but we have news for you. There are factors that
can make you at risk from a very early age.
This weakening bone disease occurs when the skeleton isn't allowed
to reform itself after general wear and tear. As a result the bones lose
their density and strength - can mean easier breaks and falls.
Oops. Sounds like me!
The main risk factor is low estrogen levels - which usually occurs post-menopausal.
You have a high chance of developing osteoporosis if you:
- Are inactive
- Smoke regularly (more than 1 cigarette per day)
- Eat little calcium rich food (i.e. Cheese, milk, wholemeal bread
- Have irregular periods
- Are related to a suffer of osteoporosis
The best way to reduce the development of osteoporosis is reverse the risk
factors. For example, stop smoking, begin to exercise, eat calcium rich
foods and contact your local GP about the possibility of HRT (if you're
Note: It is important that there is enough Vitamin D in your diet. The body
needs it so that bones can fully absorb the calcium needed to strengthen
and develop them.
The effects of exercise on osteoporosis
Exercising at home
Exercising for older people
Giving up smoking