Love your bones, protect your future
“There’s a number of lifestyle measures that you can take to help keep your bones healthy”.Laura Pepere
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thinner and more fragile making them more likely to break or fracture says Three Rivers Medical Clinical Nurse Specialist (falls prevention) Laura Pepere. Generally osteoporosis and the fractures that it causes occur in women and men aged 50 years and over.
“But there’s a number of lifestyle measures that you can take to help keep your bones healthy,” says Laura.
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of dairy products (milk, yoghurt and cheese) to provide enough calcium.
- Avoid cigarette smoking and limit your intake or alcohol
- Take regular physical exercise such as walking for 30-45 minutes 3-4 times per week.
Laura reminds patients that if they have broken a bone recently they must consult with a doctor about what sort of exercise is suitable. “Taking the right amount of exercise helps to reduce bone loss and also reduces the risk of falling.”
Laura says osteoporosis is a painless disease until a fracture occurs. “The best way to save your bones is prevention. Follow the measures above and your bones will love you for it. And if you are concerned, or osteoporosis runs in the family see your doctor.”
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