Have you been told that you have, or may be at risk of having, low bone density?
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to prioritise our bone health. One condition that commonly affects middle-aged and elderly individuals is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis weakens bones and makes them more susceptible to fractures, leading to significant pain, loss of independence, and reduced quality of life. However, with the right knowledge and lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk and maintain strong and healthy bones.
What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a bone disease characterised by low bone density and deterioration of bone tissue. It often develops silently and without any symptoms until a fracture occurs. Women, especially those who have reached menopause, are at a higher risk. However, men can also develop osteoporosis, and the risk increases with age.
Several risk factors can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis. These include:
Gender (females have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis)
Lifestyle choices (Sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition can contribute to bone loss)
The good news is that there are several measures you can take to prevent or manage osteoporosis! Did you know that exercise physiology can help prevent osteoporosis and keep your bones healthy and strong? That's right, exercising regularly can be a fun and effective way to improve your bone density and reduce your risk of fractures.
Research highlights the benefits of engaging in weight-bearing, resistance and balance exercises which can significantly reduce the impact of osteoporosis and improve your bone mineral density!
But the benefits of exercise don't stop there! Regular physical activity can also improve your balance and coordination, which can help prevent falls and further reduce your risk of fractures. And let's not forget about the mood-boosting benefits of exercise, which can help you feel happier, more energised, and less stressed.
Remember, it's never too late to start taking care of your bones. By adopting a bone-healthy lifestyle and seeking early detection and treatment, you can reduce the impact of osteoporosis and continue to live an active and independent life.
At WA Health Group, our Exercise Physiology team can help to get you getting started on a rehabilitation program to strengthen your bones and reduce the impact of osteoporosis!
How does seeing an Exercise Physiologist help your condition?
How do I get started? What is the first step?
We hear you - the first step is to come in and see our amazing team of Exercise Physiologists. Our Exercise Physiologists take a full medical history and examination, and review any medical tests you have completed. We take pride in setting SMART goals with our clients, and a specific exercise treatment plan to achieve your goal. What are you waiting for? Come in and see us today. We have training packages and onsite gym memberships to make this process even easier.