OSTEOPOROSIS – “the silent thief”

by ​Lorraine Breau-Thompson, PT

Osteoporosis is a condition where our bones become more porous and therefore less dense. This can eventually lead to fractures, commonly seen in the hip, spine, shoulder and forearm. It is often referred to as being the “silent thief” as calcium is stolen away from the bones with up to two thirds of spine fractures going undetected.

The incidence of osteoporosis typically increases with age but can occur in the younger population with certain health conditions. The risk of having osteoporosis is greater if you have had a fragility fracture, have a parent who has suffered a hip fracture, use glucocorticoids, have rheumatoid arthritis, high alcohol intake or are currently smoking.

Ill effects of this disease can be curtailed with a good diet which includes sufficient calcium and vitamin D for your age, regular exercise including 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, strength training at least twice weekly, 15-20 minutes of daily balance exercises, and back extensor strengthening exercises.

I have recently completed the Bone Fit Program through Osteoporosis Canada and have prepared some educational presentations. This fall, I will be presenting at various locations in the Sackville area. If you are interested in attending a lecture or would like to have one done in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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