Bone Health & Fracture Risk

As we age our bone density reduces, meaning our bones become more brittle & the risk of osteoporosis & fractures increase. While both men and women can suffer from osteoporosis, post-menopausal women lose bone density more quickly putting them at a higher risk than men of the same age. Worldwide, the ratio of hip fractures between women & men is 2/3rds to 1/3rd.

There are several things that can help optimize bone health, including:

– Eating a balanced calcium enriched diet

– Keeping to a normal healthy body weight

– Participating in regular weight bearing exercise

– Minimizing alcohol intake

– Remaining smoke & vape-free

– Developing emotional resilience

A bone density scan is a good measure for assessing bone health with self-referral to Medex or Bay Radiology an option within the Western Bay of Plenty PHO.