Osteoporosis – what you should know…
Osteoporosis affects 300,000 people in Ireland, with one in five men and one in two women aged over 50 developing a fracture due to thinning bones in their lifetime.
So World Osteoporosis Day is a great time to get the lowdown on why you need to protect your bones.
What is it?
Basically, osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become extremely porous, fracture easily, and heal slowly.
But osteoporosis, and the broken bones it can cause, are not part of normal aging. Usually, there are no symptoms before the first fracture.
Making lifestyle changes is one of the ways to prevent the disease. So it will help to stop smoking, cut down on alcohol and exercise more.
And you can prevent osteoporosis by making sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D and eat a well-balanced diet (health experts also advise to boost your calcium to between 1,000 and 1,300 mg a day).
Danone Nutritionist Kellie O’Connor believes many of us may be falling short of reaching the recommended daily intake of calcium. “Calcium is one of the most important nutrients in our diet at all stages in life, and is critical in ensuring our bones maintain density and do not become fragile as they age,” she explains.
If you are concerned, you can get more information from the Irish Osteoporosis Society at www.irishosteoporosis.ie.