Healthy Bones – Osteoporosis

Healthy Bones - Action Week Healthy Bones Action Week (formerly Nationally Healthy Bones Week) has been encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones since its inception in 1994. Osteoporosis is one of the least-discussed, under-diagnosed and under-treated diseases in Australia, yet poor bone health affects 2 in 3 Australians over 50 years, including a growing number of men. You are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones: Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yoghurt. Go for a walk or committing to some new form of regular exercise. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D. What is osteoporosis? Genes and lifestyle impact how strong bones are. While you can’t change your genetics, you can adopt a ‘bonefriendly’ lifestyle which includes adequate calcium intake, exercise and sufficient vitamin D. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals, making them fragile and more likely to fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects 1.2 million people. This number is expected to increase as our population grows older. Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause. In men, testosterone levels decline more gradually. As a result, bone mass in men usually remains adequate until later in life. By age 65, both men and women lose bone at the same rate. It is never too late to start looking after your bones and take [...]