Osteoporosis the silent disease
Often the first time people realise they have osteoporosis is after they sustain a fall. In 2010 across the EU, more than 43,000 deaths related to fractures. Although more common in women, 1 in 5 men in the UK over the age of 50, break a bone due to low bone strength and what is more the mortality in men is higher compared to women.
The primary factors to consider are prevention, maintenance, early diagnosis and risk avoidance when looking at osteoporosis and self-help.
When we look at those more likely to get osteoporosis we look at the following factors which may increase prevalence
- Over 50
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Thyroid and hormone problems
- Low calcium levels and eating disorders
- Long term use of steroids
- Alcohol consumption and smoking
- Inactivity and sedentary lifestyles
Look now to make changes to your health and keep it your focus. Remain strong, healthy and agile. Move more and sit less. Doing weights and weight-bearing activities may also help. Please see our blog on why women should do weights.
There are aspects of the list of risk factors that we cannot control, like our age, but looking at our alcohol consumption, cutting back or ideally stopping smoking and monitoring hormone levels can make a huge difference.
Osteoporosis help in Worthing
At Broadwater Osteopaths in Worthing our team can help patients in many ways. We have therapists who can look at your diet and lifestyle, guiding you with better food choices and exercise habits. We also have therapists who can help with gentle hands on treatments, to provide relief from symptoms you may be experiencing due to the mechanical effects of osteoporosis.
Please take a look at these pages for more information. Click on the blue links for further details regarding each topic.