World Osteoporosis Day - October 20th

by TOI Admin October 22, 2013
Did you know that 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures? World Osteoporosis Day, October 20th, takes place every year to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

Your risk of developing osteoporosis and fragility fractures is determined by a number of factors, some of which can be changed (e.g. exercise, nutrition and smoking) while others cannot (e.g. family history, age at menopause and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis). While peak bone mass is highly genetically determined, after 65 years of age genetics play a diminishing role in bone loss and other factors, such as exercise and nutrition, play an increasingly important role.

Maintaining a healthy skeleton involves five essential strategies to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

  1. Exercise regularly
  2. Ensure a diet rich in bone-healthy nutrients
  3. Avoid negative lifestyle habits and maintain a healthy weight
  4. Identify the risk factors which you can't change
  5. Talk to your doctor: get tested, get treated if required

To learn more about World Osteoporosis Day, please click here.

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