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Better Bone Health

Healthy bones ensure we live our lives comfortably without the interruption and limitations that come with a bone fracture. Yet, in Australia, someone is admitted to hospital with an injury caused by osteoporosis ever five to six minutes.

Osteoporosis is a condition where a person's bones lose important minerals such as calcium, faster than they can replace them. As a result they become brittle and more susceptible to fractures.

Bone loss is gradual and invisible - often there are very few systems, of any, prior to a fracture resulting in oestoporosis being dubbed the 'silent disease'. Osteoporosis typically begins at an early age and progressively deteriorates, which is why thousands of Australians are living with the condition but are unaware that they have it.

Any bone in the human body may be affected by osteoporosis, but the most common are the hip, wrist, ribs, pelvis and upper arm. Despite the thin and brittle nature of an oestoporotic bone, it will usually heal in the same way that a healthy bone would, but even so stiffness and reduced movement is common.

Osteoporotic fractures lead to changes in posture, muscle weakness, loss of height and bone deformity of the spine. These systems may then lead to shorinic pain, disability, loss of independence or even in some severe cases, death.

Once the bone has been lost, it cannot be replaced, however, the rate at which bone is lost may be slowed by calcium and vitamin supplements, or special medication given under the direction of doctors.

There is no real cure for osteoporosis but you may take measures in order to prevent the condition from arising or to minimise the severity of the symptoms. Through a combination of exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient sunlight, this may be achieved. weight-bearing exercises, such as jogging, skipping and ball sports, and weight resistance training are helpful to maintain strong bones. Obviously, exercise also improves a person's balance and coordination, which helps to prevent the falls that may cause a bone to break.

A diet rich in calcium and limited in alcohol and nicotine is also important in improving bone health. Foods such as yoghurt, milk and leafy dark green vegetables are all high in calcium and strong recommended to assist with osteoporosis prevention. Lastly, as Vitamin D is the other nutrient effective in reducing the symptoms of osteoporosis, daily exposure will help to provide the body with sufficient level of this nutrient.

Anyone may be susceptible to osteoporosis, which is why it is important to monitor your bone mass. Using BIA technology, Tanita allows users to achieve this by offering personal bone density readings which can then be compared to the healthy range to observe whether or not it is adequate for your weight.

For a better understanding of Tanita's leading BIA technology or to view the full Tanita range, visit tanitaaustralia.com.au
Last modified on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 09:40
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