Are You A Woman Over 50?
what is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition/disease that affects over 1 million Australians. It makes bones brittle which means a higher risk of breakage in your bones. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals and vitamins (calcium) quicker than the body can replace them, causing loss of bone density, mass or thickness.
WHAT ARE OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HEIGHTEN YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING OSTEOPEROROSIS?
- Low calcium intake
- Low vitamin D levels
- Low hormone levels
- Thyroid conditions
- Conditions leading to malabsorption
- Some chronic diseases
- Some medicines for breast cancer, prostate cancer, epilepsy and some antidepressants
- Low levels of physical activity
- Excessive alcohol intake
Are YOU at the risk of developing OsteoporOsis?
If you are over 50, you are at risk of developing Osteoporosis. If you are a female over 50 you're more at risk of developing it.
Osteoporosis can be hereditary so make sure you check your family history if you believe you're developing it.