On the Coast – Over 55 Issue 26 I November/December 2018 - Page 19

World Osteoporosis Day 5 Steps to healthy bones and a fracture free future World Osteoporosis Day is observed annually on October 20th, and launches a campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. The campaign encourages everyone to ‘love your bones’ during October. Osteoporosis is a common disease in Australia with 1.2 million people estimated to have osteoporosis and further 6.3 million with low bone density. In 2018 there will be over 165,000 broken bones from osteoporosis in Australia! Osteoporosis weakens bones and leads to fractures. It causes severe disability. But Osteoporosis can be detected early and can be treated. What is osteoporosis? Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability. Prevention Can osteoporosis and fractures be prevented? Yes, if action is taken early! Read the information provided here to risk factors and bring these to your doctor’s attention, especially if you’ve had a previous fracture or have specific diseases and medications that affect bone health. Get tested and treated if needed If you’re at high risk you will likely need medication to ensure optimal protection against fracture. 5 learn which steps you can take to build strong bones throughout life and avoid osteoporotic fractures. The 5 steps to healthy bones and a fracture-free future 1 2 Exercise regularly Weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening and balance- training exercises are best. Ensure a diet rich in bone-healthy nutrients Calcium, vitamin D and protein are the most important for bone health. Safe exposure to sunshine will help you get enough vitamin D. Avoid negative lifestyle habits Maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking and excessive drinking. Find out whether you have risk factors Identify if you have any 3 4 Looking for a medical practice you can trust? Have risk factors? Talk to your doctor, ask for testing. To become aware of any potential risk factors, take the IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test. www.iofbonehealth. org/iof-one-minute-osteoporosis-risk-test If you are over the age of 50 and you have one or more risk factors, you should discuss these with your doctor and ask for an assessment of your bone health status. Lifestyle changes may be recommended and, for those at high risk, medication may be prescribed for optimal protection against fractures. It’s time to “Love your Bones” and protect your future. RESOURCES: World Osteoporosis Day www.worldosteoporosisday.org International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) www.iofbonehealth.org Osteoporosis Australia www.osteoporosis.org.au Download free App ‘highqualityhealthcare’ 4 practices delivering high quality health care across the Central Coast • Open weekends and extended hours • Online appointment bookings • Caring and experienced female and male doctors • Qualified registered nurses • Specialised clinics ie. Advanced Wound Care New doctors have joined both Toukley & Warnervale and are taking new patients P: 4356 2500 A: 3 Mary Mackillop Drive Woongarrah W: www.warnervaledoctors.com.au • • • • • • Skin cancer checks Chronic Disease Management Health assessments Women’s health Men’s health Pathology and allied health services onsite • Radiology and chemist close by P: 4356 2555 A: 3/1 Bryant Drive Tuggerah W: www.marinersdoctors.com.au New patients welcome Contact one of our practices today! P: 4352 8600 A: 37-41 Canton Beach Rd Toukley W: www.toukleydoctors.com.au P: 4352 8688 A: Shop 1071 Westfield Tuggerah W: www.tuggerahdoctors.com.au NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 – ISSUE 26 19