20th Oct 2017
FONT SIZE: A+ A-
How well do you know your bones?
couple reading an ipad

The World Osteoporosis Day 2017 message is Love your Bones, Protect your Future. Time to check out your bones with the Know Your Bones online self-assessment! It only takes a few minutes.

We all want to stay active and independent as we age and that means having good bone health. Osteoporosis is common, affecting over 1 million Australian men and women. This year we expect over 160,000 broken bones due to poor bone health.

Osteoporosis Australia cares about growing bones in kids, healthy bones in adults and preventing broken bones as we get older. 



Know Your Bones was introduced by Osteoporosis Australia and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. The website has received over 100,000 visits since it launched mid-last year. This bone health self-assessment tool is an Australian-first and is designed to help people understand their bone fracture risk. It provides you with a simple report showing results and risks which can be taken to your doctor.

Many broken bones could be prevented with better awareness and early diagnosis. So be pro-active, jump online and take a few minutes out of your day to Know Your Bones!

In the spirit of World Osteoporosis Day: Love your bones. Protect your future, and visit the Know Your Bones self-assessment today at www.knowyourbones.org.au





    COMMENTS

    To make a comment, please register or login
    Tib
    20th Oct 2017
    10:46am
    Often the benefit of weight training is underestimated.Pills can be helpful but without the exercise I wonder at their value.
    KSS
    20th Oct 2017
    9:28pm
    Agree
    mike
    20th Oct 2017
    12:49pm
    For seniors old time and new vogue dancing is an all in one solution. The dancing is a great enjoyable form of gentle movement exercise. Learning the new vogue sequences keeps your mind active and dementia at bay, and the social aspect is great, we have made friends in numerous areas and now travel extensively and attend dance festivals and balls as far away as Cairns, Canberra, Corrowa, Sydney, Gold Coast etc etc. There is probably a dance venue near you.
    KSS
    20th Oct 2017
    9:29pm
    Yes and not just new vogue dancing. Any dancing has the same pay off and also works as falls prevention strategy too.
    PlanB
    20th Oct 2017
    1:18pm
    I did the questionnaire -- for heaven sake tell me something I did not know -- what a load of crap that was
    Trish
    20th Oct 2017
    1:46pm
    PlanB, I tend to agree with you. Surveys leave no allowance for variations, eg sometimes I get lots of exercise, sometimes very little per week. Diet can vary, especially when on holiday. If a bone is broken, it's then that you come under the doctor's care - no more need for surveys etc.
    PlanB
    20th Oct 2017
    2:29pm
    Yes, Trish, it makes one wonder just what sort of knowledge these people have that put out such surveys
    Tib
    20th Oct 2017
    6:11pm
    I used to watch a TV show called Meet the ancestors , I remember they could tell immediately if someone had been doing heavy work during their life by the thickness of their bones. I bet none of those people took calcium tablets. If you put the skeleton under stress it becomes stronger, if you aren't short of calcium the tablets won't help. But tablets are easier and they make you feel you are doing something.
    KSS
    20th Oct 2017
    9:28pm
    Calcium is not the only thing you need. Vitamin D and K2 are important for calcium absorption.
    Tib
    20th Oct 2017
    9:59pm
    I was aware of vitamin D which I believe you get from sunlight but I was making the point if you are of normal health and eat reasonably well taking excessive amounts of vitamins probably won't help. The answer is most likely weight training but most people aren't interested because it's hard work. KSS we discussed the benefits of weight training I think this is another one. I suspect the main focus should be on exercise rather than pills. I am 61 and I have done weight training most of my life and I can still walk through doors without opening them.:) frail bones won't be my problem.
    Kathleen
    21st Oct 2017
    12:16am
    KSS, spot on!
    Also, magnesium has been found to be lacking in some people who have broken bones.
    K2 aims the calcium onto the bones.
    Fruit and vegetables are important for bone health especially leafy greens.
    As I have osteoporosis I have done a lot of research because I have refused the drugs because bone is living and able to replenish itself if we have all the nutrients and so some weight bearing exercise. The drugs make bones brittle over time and have serious side effects.
    PlanB
    21st Oct 2017
    8:24am
    Grandma, you are DEAD right re those drugs they give you such as Fosamax and Prolia and such they do more harm than good and cause more bone breaks because as you stated that they just make the bones brittle -- but the Drs are getting such BIG rewards for prescribing them they try and push them onto everyone.

    Tib -- you are still very young.

    I did lots of weight bearing and was very active when I was younger and even up till the age of 75 or a bit older-- but I still have extreme Osteoporosis and now many fractures in the spine, my Mother had the same. There are a lot of Genetics involved.
    Tib
    21st Oct 2017
    8:53am
    Plan B I hike with a 75 year old who is has been a dedicated weight trainer most of his life and has given up recently. Up until last year he was still doing 4 day hikes into the mountains carrying 16 kgs. No small thing.
    PlanB
    21st Oct 2017
    8:58am
    Yes, Tim, I did the same myself and also was Kayaking till I was over 75 and I was always very active throughout my life but I am really suffering now -- all I am saying it will not necessarily stop Osteoporosis -- as it can be hereditary
    Tib
    21st Oct 2017
    12:19pm
    Fair enough. You can only do the best you can with the cards your dealt. My father and grandfather both died at 64 and my uncles on mothers side haven't done much better. Men are here for a good time not a long time.
    Kathleen
    21st Oct 2017
    12:50pm
    PlanB,
    I am in a similar position to you. Only had a scan at 70 when free and was shocked to find I had osteoporosis with a tscore of -4.3 lower spine. Now doing the natural route with much research in an endeavour to at least pull back to osteopenia levels.
    People in Qld are short on vitamin D which is odd.
    Genetics is a big indicator and our foods now lacking in important vitamins and minerals does not help. Grass fed animal products needed and top ups with supplements has become necessary unfortunately.
    Kathleen.
    PlanB
    22nd Oct 2017
    8:44am
    Grandma, I have many fractures in my spine and the pain is just dreadful -- and all the nerves are being pinched and so it affects all my body -- arms/legs/ribs and stops me from doing the things I was used to doing -- I still feel 30 in the head though.


    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles