Osteoporosis is a common health condition affecting over 1 million Australians. Osteoporosis occurs silently and progressively, and can lead to more fragile and brittle bones, resulting in a higher risk of fractures. Fractures commonly occur in the hip, spine and wrist, and because osteoporosis has no symptoms, it is often this first fracture that may lead to diagnosis.
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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

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