Today, women are living longer and as we get older our bones get weaker. Osteoporosis affects around 1 in 3 post-menopausal women and 1 in 6 men and fracture following trauma is often the only indication of an underlying problem. This is why it is often called ‘the silent disease.’
Risk factors include; being post menopausal, early menopause or hysterectomy, family history, use of steroid based medications, dietary factors such as coeliac disease and colitis, low calcium diet, alcohol consumption, rheumatoid arthritis and other medical conditions, low body mass and lack of exercise.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent the development of osteoporosis, such as weight-bearing exercise and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as calcium-rich foods. Treatment for those who already have it has been shown to be effective in strengthening the bone that still remains.