World Osteoporosis Day, 20 October

This year, World Osteoporosis Day encourages men to be mindful of the importance of bone health too.

In Australia, Osteoporosis affects more than a million men and women. 

While many assume it is mainly a condition endured by women, of the 250,000 men with Osteoporosis, 30 per cent of those over 50 years old, experience fractures.  Osteoporsis Australia is encouraging men to consider their bone health more carefully, with the slogan, ‘Real men build their strength from within.’

What is Osteoporosis?

The osteoporosis is a disease where the bones develop thin and lost their strength as the bones developed less dense and brittle – leading to broken bones.

How does Osteoporosis develop? 

Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density or mass).

How to prevent having Osteoporosis disease?

Men should be aware of their risks of developing Osteoporosis.

You can help to prevent Osteoporosis with:

  • Regular exercise;
  • Diet (rich in calcium; and
  • Adequate vitamin D

This World Osteoporisis Day, Osteoporosis Australia encourages people to be aware of the risk factors that could impact their bone health, and understand what these risk factors are.

Find out more at www.knowyourbones.org.au to assess your risk today

And for those living with, or at risk of, Osteoporosis, Connect Health & Community provides a range of services that can help people get the most from their lives, including;

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy

For more information or to make an appointment, call Connect Health & Community on 03) 9575 5333.

 

References

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/osteoporosis

https://www.osteoporosis.org.au/world-osteoporosis-day 

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