World Osteoporosis Day 20 October

October 8, 2019

This year, the focus of World Osteoporosis Day is the consequences of poor bone health – broken bones, and how they become so life-limiting.

Of the 1 million people in Australia that have osteoporosis, each year 140,000 break a bone. This has a huge impact not just on the person with osteoporosis, but on their family too.

What are the main risk factors for osteoporosis?

Age. After the age of 30, you begin to lose bone mass so it’s important to do weight bearing exercise or strength training, and make sure you get enough calcium and Vitamin D from your diet to keep your bones as strong as possible as you age.

Gender. Women over the age of 50 are the most likely to develop osteoporosis but men are also effected.

Personal or family history of fractures.

Bone structure. Petite and thin women and men have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

Often the first symptom is when a fracture occurs but other symptoms include:

  • Backache
  • A gradual loss of height
  • A stooped posture.

What can you do?

It is important to know your risks and talk to your doctor about bone density testing. Speak to your GP or visit this online resource:

How is osteoporosis managed?

The results of bone density testing will show whether you have healthy bones, osteoporosis or osteopaenia. Osteopaenia is a state of early bone loss which can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis and future bone fractures. Diet and exercise regimes with resistance and strength training are often prescribed to manage osteopenia. This is also the case for osteoporosis, but your doctor may also recommend that you take medication.