Last week marked World Osteoporosis Day - a condition that affects over three million people in the UK. It is characterised by changes to the structure and density of bones, making them thin, weak and prone to breakages.
Worryingly, the trend is greatest in our young generation of 16-24 year olds who are shunning dairy at the fastest rate, despite needing it the most during their strong bone-forming years to prevent health issues such as osteoporosis or thinning bones later in life.
As with all parts of the human body, looking after your bone health is vital. Not only do bones provide support and structure, but they also protect our organs, anchor our muscles and help regulate our calcium levels. Bones are constantly broken down and replaced.
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Osteoporosis is most common in menopausal women as the decline in oestrogen levels leads to an increase in the normal rate of mineral loss from bone. Young women who experience an early menopause before the age of 45, and women who are excessively thin are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis.
I believe that everyone over 50 who suffers a broken bone should be assessed for osteoporosis. If this happened, we could prevent a huge amount of the pain and suffering that osteoporosis can cause people