We all need to be aware that osteoporosis is a preventable illness affecting many women — one in two women over the age of 50 in the UK and one in five men are sufferers.
Public awareness and understanding of the problem, however, remains woefully limited. Osteoporosis is not just a matter of brittle bones — it can kill. In fact it kills more women than ovarian, cervical and uterine cancers combined.
But the risk of developing osteoporosis can be minimised by taking action sooner rather than later.
The biggest concern is the next generation of girls, whom many will not even reach their peak bone density by the age of 25 to 30 because of lifestyle factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet and dieting due to media pressure to be stick thin.
There are a number of tests available that are extremely useful, giving you invaluable insights into understanding what is going on in your body at the moment and can tell you what vitamin and mineral deficiencies you may have and how rapidly you are losing bone density.
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