Osteoporosis Tag

Mary* is living with Osteoporosis; Osteoarthritis in shoulders, knees and hands; Type 2 Diabetes; Hypertension; High Cholesterol; and Asthma.   Mary was referred for in-home exercise physiology services through a six week Home Independence Program. In the past, she had participated in community exercise classes and walked regularly but had lost her motivation. Needs and client goals Mary was fiercely independent and wanted to stay that way. She had a positive attitude and knew that physical activity was the key to remaining independent. She was worried that she wouldn’t get out of her rut and didn’t want her health and independence to suffer as...

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...

Whether it be antibiotics to fight off an infection, supplements for bone health or medication to lower our blood pressure, we all have taken prescribed medication at various times in our lives. We take the medication as our health professional recommends because we want our health issue treated or managed.   There seems to be a supplement or medication available that is the answer for many an ailment or condition but if we were prescribed 30-60 minutes of light to moderate intensity exercise once per day in replace of a dose of medication for the same outcome, which option would we likely...