Osteoporosis Support

Osteoporosis Support

In SA, osteoporosis affects 4-6 million people, with one in three women and one in five men suffering from brittle bones, resulting in fractures of the wrist, hips, pelvis and spine. There’s also a misconception that it’s “an old person’s disease”, but bone loss can start affecting people as young as 25. There are measures you can take to prevent osteoporosis from creeping up on you.

According to researchers from the Mayo Clinic in the US, starting an exercise programme can help to increase muscle strength, improve your balance and keep your bones from getting weaker. Weight-bearing exercises, in which your feet and legs support your body weight, are the best for building and maintaining bone thickness, and they don’t have to be high impact. They can include walking, hiking, climbing stairs or dancing. Lifting weights two to three times a week is also beneficial, as it can increase both muscle mass and bone density, especially in postmenopausal women.

One early US study showed that strength training improved bone density and reduced the risk of fractures among women between the ages of 50-70.  Later, researchers also found that, after 24 weeks of strength training using free weights, the bones in the neck and lumbar spines of women were stronger.  A major benefit of strength training programmes is they improve posture and balance, and so reduce the risk of falls, which translates to fewer fractures.


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