Osteoporosis – are you at risk?

It’s World Osteoporosis Day today, so Jason Lee explains this common bone condition.

Osteoporosis – are you at risk?

Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects over 1 million Australians. It is known as a ‘silent disease’ with no symptoms until a fracture occurs.

Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, faster than the body can replace it. This results in the bones becoming weaker and more brittle resulting in a higher risk of fracture and injury. Any bones can have decreased bone density, but the most common sites affected are the hip, pelvis, spine and wrist.

Diagnosis of osteoporosis can be made via a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry test (DEXA). DEXA scans are non-invasive involving a machine passing over your hip or spine. Speak to your doctor regarding a referral, as those over 50 or anyone at a high risk of developing osteoporosis should be encouraged to obtain a scan.

There are a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood of poor bone density. These include early menopause or a family history of osteoporosis. Fortunately, there are other risk factors that we can be influence more readily, such as:

  • inadequate physical activity
  • low calcium levels
  • low vitamin D levels
  • long-term medicine use (e.g. corticosteroids)
  • excessive caffeine (more than three cups of tea or coffee a day)
  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol intake.

Appropriate exercise is a crucial part of management and prevention of osteoporosis. Exercise for bone growth and strength should be regular and varied.Some ideas to incorporate into your program include brisk walking/jogging, balance exercises, Pilates or yoga, resistance training, or dancing. These exercises are weight bearing, which promote and encourage bone remodelling, bone mineral density and bone strength.

Additionally, if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, consider adding balance exercises to your program. Feel free to read a previous article on better balance I have previously written.

To learn more about how you can improve or maintain your bone density, see your health professional. Physiotherapists are well equipped to tailor an appropriate weight-bearing exercise program.

Jason Lee APAM
B. Physiotherapy
Malvern East Physiotherapy 


Jason is happy to answer any questions you may have, simply send an email to newsletters@yourlifechoices.com.au


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    20th Oct 2015
    Glutathione is a powerful weapon against osteoporosis. A study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed some amazing connections between the Master Antioxidant, glutathione, and bone density.
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    There are capsules and other ingested products, used continually all day every day will raise your Glutathione levels by around 10% over one month. Can prove costly.
    There are IV Induced methods for raising Glutathione levels, costing around $150 to $400 per session and if used regularly over a month will raise the level by around 20%.
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    6th May 2016
    I have Osteoporosis -- I was always active and had heaps of physical activity always ate right never drank or smoked, have never been a big coffee drinker, however I had a Mother that had SEVERE Osteoporosis and I am sure it is genetic.

    IMO Genes have A LOT to do with what you end up with.
    6th May 2016
    This for Plan B and anyone else looking at these comments:
    If you are wanting to try a drug free way of easing many of our health problems; Pain, Inflammation, Stress, Sleep, Snoring and deteriorating conditions often associated with ageing then do consider the PhotoTherapy patches I have mentioned. These communicate directly with the body’s energy system to produce a near instant and powerful healing effect never experienced before with any other product. No drugs, No chemicals, but just allowing the body to heal itself in a safe, easy and economical way. All this with NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS. The patches have extensive research with double blind controlled studies proving their effectiveness. There will be sceptics; that is reasonable, but these are usually people who either have not even tried the patches or followed the simple directions to use them? I believe that as these patches are now used extensively in hospitals in Europe this may be of some credit for them? Although we personally assist thousands of people in many countries we cannot provide a direct link for obtaining the patches here – we do not want to appear as the door to door salesperson. However, if you contact customerservice@lifewave.com we are sure they can assist. Rob
    6th May 2016
    Rob, seems like this company is USA or UK is that right?
    6th May 2016
    Plan B. Both. Originally started in US, then a purpose built factory created in Ireland - to also help local economy. The factory in Ireland supplies all of Europe along with Australia/New Zealand and other nearby countries.
    6th May 2016
    What costs are these rob
    6th May 2016
    As mentioned above, the Retail cost in Australia is around A$5 each for individual patches as sold direct from members of the company in Australia. The Retail price in the Lifewave website is US$69.95 plus postage plus tax if applicable for a packet of 30 patches. As a member of Lifewave (no cost for this if purchasing product) the price drops to US$49.95 plus postage and tax if applicable. We find in Australia, as a member, we can usually purchase the patches for around A$3 or even near A$2 depending on the exchange rate of US$ to A$. In our case it costs around A$5 each week (and not every week as we do not necessarily use the patches very week) to have amazing health, even in our 70s. Yes, for information, we have attended to quite a few ageing issues. There is no obligation to purchase further product at any time as a member. The membership provides the option to purchase at the lower Wholesale pricing and this is certainly a blessing in poor countries where people are desperate for these patches. Unfortunately it is against the rules to publish our contact details here but we do give permission for the moderators to pass on our details if requested.
    6th May 2016
    Thanks for the info Rob

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