Health conditions

Osteoporosis

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the strength and quality of the bones, causing weakness in the skeleton. It is not a normal part of ageing.

While osteoporosis may occur in men and young women, it is most common in post-menopausal women, with 1 in 3 developing the condition.

The most common outcome of osteoporosis is a fracture.

You may experience pain and ongoing issues after you fracture (break):

  • a hip
  • your spine.

What causes osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can be due to:

  • family history
  • low levels of calcium and vitamin D in your body
  • some medical conditions
  • lifestyle factors.

Treatment and management of osteoarthritis

Your osteoporosis can be managed to reduce your risk of fractures. You can:

  • participate in weight bearing exercise
  • have a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
  • maintain a physically active lifestyle
  • avoid smoking
  • reduce alcohol and caffeine intake
  • take part in balance training.

Talk to your healthcare professional about improving your bone health through exercise and diet.

Where to get help


Acknowledgements

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