World Osteoporosis Day 2020
Home Instead Cleveland is supporting World Osteoporosis Day 2020.
Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.
Osteoporosis can be prevented if steps are taken to support your bone health and you choose to lead a balanced lifestyle. We have included some useful hints and tips in this article to help you look after your bone health and reduce your risk of osteoporotic fractures.
To look after your bones, consuming a healthy balanced diet is vital. Foods that are rich in calcium, Vitamin D and protein are most important and can be found in a wide range of produce. This includes dairy products, nuts and oatmeal for calcium, fish, cereals and orange juice for Vitamin D and meat, beans and eggs for protein.
By maintaining a healthy body weight you are already well on your way to establishing positive bone health and avoiding Osteoporosis. Stay away from cigarettes and alcohol (maybe a little on special occasions!) and you are minimising your risk and living a healthier lifestyle, reducing your risk of Osteoporosis.
Muscle strengthening and balance training exercises work best to look after bone health. This does not need to be strenuous and can begin with something as simple as a daily walk. Furthermore, to help aid balance and build muscle strength for our older clients, we encourage simply raising one leg whilst in a sitting position and return it to the ground, repeat with other leg as many times as can be managed safely.
Find out whether you have high risk factors and bring these to your GP’s attention sooner rather than later. This is especially prevalent if you have suffered a previous fractures or have specific diseases or take medication that affects bone health. Identify your risk level by using the IOF One Minute Risk Test, link can be found at the end of this article.
Test & Treatment
If you believe you are at high risk it is important to contact your GP and discuss this further. You may need medication to further prevent risk and ensure optimal protection against fracture.
Please follow the link to take the International International Osteoporosis Foundation 'One Minute Risk Test' which will help establish your level of risk and answer any questions you may have about Osteoporosis.