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As we age our bone density slowly reduces, if this reduction in bone density is significant it can be termed Osteoporosis. This loss of bone density occurs more rapidly in women after menopause or it can be an effect of early menopause. This lessening of bone density can also affect men. Risk factors also include smoking, drinking more than the recommended weekly guideline and not engaging in physical activity.
While there are many treatments for Osteoporosis, preventing the onset of Osteoporosis really is the best cure. Diet is really important for prevention of Osteoporosis. Calcium and Vitamin D need to be taken in sufficient amounts for bone health. Intake of Calcium rich foods is especially important in the childhood and adolescent years when most bone is laid down. But even in later years eating enough Calcium is helpful for the prevention of Osteoporosis. The Department of Health recommends 3 servings of Calcium rich foods per day. Some examples of a serving of calcium would be: a glass of milk, a yoghurt or a matchstick size portion of cheese. If you feel you are not able to meet your Calcium requirements or if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, talk to your GP about Calcium supplements or other medication.
Other factors that can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis include: exposure to sunlight, this triggers the production of Vitamin D, essential for bone health, and weight-bearing exercise which stimulates development of new bone.
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