Women are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid decline in oestrogen levels during menopause. When oestrogen levels decrease, bones lose calcium and other minerals at a much faster rate, leading to a reduction in bone density.
Men going through prostate cancer treatment are also a higher risk of osteoporosis due to reduced testosterone levels.
With the correct amount of calcium and vitamin D, plus good nutrition and regular exercise, Osteoporosis can be prevented. If you have been diagnosed with, or are at risk of developing Osteoporosis, then these factors are still just as important, as well as reducing your falls risk to aid in preventing any fractures.
How can exercise help?
Exercise in particular can aid in:
- Reducing bone loss
- Conservation of remaining bone tissue
- Improved bone density
- Improved physical fitness
- Improved muscle strength
- Improved reaction time
- Increased mobility
- Better sense of balance and coordination