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What is Osteoporosis?
When you hear the word “osteoporosis”, most people think about frail old ladies shuffling along with walking sticks. Here’s a surprise for you – 1 in 3 South African women and 1 in 5 men will get this disease. Sure, it’s more common the older we get, but that doesn’t mean we should start taking steps when we’re younger to prevent it.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bones are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, especially the spine, hip and wrist. In most cases, the first sign of the disease is a broken bone.
The critical years for building bone mass are during childhood and adolescence. ‘Peak bone mass’ is achieved in the mid-20’s, after which is starts to decline. Your goal is to prevent this decline as much as possible. The 3 key lifestyle habits to prevent osteoporosis are firstly – to eat a balanced diet and ensure adequate calcium intake. Secondly, participate in regular weight bearing activity, like walking or running, and finally, avoid heavy drinking and smoking (which, to be honest you should be avoiding anyway!).
If you already have the condition, you can also prevent its progression by following these 3 lifestyle habits too.
Start investing in your bones today, so you don’t make a break tomorrow.