Today is World Osteoporosis Day, organized yearly by the IOF, International Osteoporosis Foundation.
The 2013 theme is, “Postmenopausal women and their bone health, Strong Bones Make Strong Women.” In their literature, they emphasize that men also need to take care of their bones.
Recent World Osteoporosis Day themes:
2011: 3 Steps to Unbreakable Bones: Vitamin D, Calcium and Exercise
2012 Stop at One: Make Your First Break Your Last
The IOF is based in Switzerland. Their “….vision is a world in which people of all ages benefit from good bone, muscle and joint health, free of fragility fractures due to osteoporosis.”
From the IOF:
“Your risk of developing osteoporosis and fragility fractures is determined by a number of factors, some of which can be changed (e.g. exercise, nutrition and smoking) while others cannot (e.g. family history, age at menopause and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis). While peak bone mass is highly genetically determined, after 65 years of age genetics play a diminishing role in bone loss and other factors, such as exercise and nutrition, play an increasingly important role.”“Maintaining a healthy skeleton involves five essential strategies to reduce your risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
1. Exercise regularly-(My next post will be about how to start a good exercise program.)
2. Ensure a diet rich in bone-healthy nutrients
3. Avoid negative lifestyle habits and maintain a healthy weight
4. Identify the risk factors which you can’t change
5. Talk to your doctor: get tested, get treated if required”
Check out the IOF website for more information.