Osteoporosis

Throughout the lifespan our bones are constantly changing. In later life this change often leads to bones becoming brittle and weak, termed as osteopenia or osteoporosis. Currently 4.74 million Australians over the age of 50 have poor bone health. In 2012 there were over 140,000 fractures in Australia that were due to osteopenia or osteoporosis. However, a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis need not be a life-sentence to never-ending breaking bones. There are many types of exercise which can help turn back the hands of time for the age of your bones. Better yet – if you are a young...

Bone health is essential at all stages of life. We develop peak bone mass in our 20’s - however bone density needs to be maintained as we grow older with age. It is estimated in Australia, that 1 in 4 men and 2 in 5 women aged over 50 years will experience a trauma fracture. With Osteoporosis on the rise, early prevention, detection and treatment needs to be considered. Osteoporosis – who is at risk? Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose minerals more quickly than they can be replenished – this reduces overall density and leads to a higher risk of...

Regardless of your age or life stage, the right kinds of exercises can strengthen your bone density across your life span.   Have you ever heard of the saying ‘pressure creates diamonds’? In a similar fashion, weight-bearing exercise creates bone density when it comes to preventing osteoporosis. Our bones remodel and regrow themselves when there is a stimulus from the external environment. One of the best ways to achieve this is to perform movements where our body is upright and working against gravity – think dancing, hiking, walking, climbing, tennis, netball, skipping, aerobics – anything where the body is sustaining impact. This is also...