Category Archives: Awareness

Smoking Hot? Cold comfort for your bones!

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” ~ Mark Twain Probably the last thing smokers are thinking about at any given moment is their bones. They may consider their lungs, their skin, the yellow fingernails, the smell of smoke that permeates every layer […]

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Over 5000 osteoporosis screenings earns Guinness World Record

Courtesy: Guinness World Records Amgen has taken this year’s Mother’s Day by storm after earning the official title for the most osteoporosis screenings in 24 hours with more than 5,000 people taking part. This achievement is just one of many outcomes resulting from the company’s latest initiative – ‘Break Records, Not Bones!’ – a global campaign […]

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Understanding Osteoporosis: risk factors

There are quite a number of risk factors that may increase your chances of developing osteoporosis. The key word here is ‘may’. In fact, merely because your profile might reflect one or more of these factors does not mean you’ll get osteoporosis, either in old age or otherwise. Osteoporosis can arise from a number of […]

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#Better Bones – Basic Bone Health: keeping healthy and active throughout life

Keeping healthy throughout life is a tough business. Or maybe not. Maybe it is really just about habit. If you are careful about your diet 80% of the time, you should keep relatively well. If you exercise regularly and keep an eye on your weight, you should be in fair nick for most of your […]

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Down to the Bone: the growing worldwide prevalence of osteoporosis

It is currently estimated that over 200 million people worldwide suffer from Osteoporosis. The incidences are increasing because of the longer life expectancy of so many people in today’s world where medical advancements help us to stay alive and relatively healthy a lot longer.

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The A-Z of Osteoporosis: All your Questions Answered

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a systemic disease that gradually weakens the bones, leading to painful and debilitating fragility fractures (broken bones). These fractures can occur after a minor fall from standing height, or as a result of a bump, a sneeze, or even from bending over to tie a shoelace. Any bone can break […]

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The F-Word

In 2004 a patient organisation in the UK dealing with elderly people, published a leaflet about preventing falls in the aged. The title was “Don’t mention the F-word”. This title reflected the attitude of many older people who do not consider themselves old enough to fall as the general feeling was that it can “make […]

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The Skeleton in the Cupboard: osteoporosis and other bone diseases

One rarely comes home after a busy day and says: ‘Gee, my bones were working well today.’ No, we don’t. We worry about things we can see – like a mountainous pimple just before an important date, or an expanding waistline, or a broken nail, or a bloodshot eye. But we rarely think about our […]

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Vitamin D: is your lifestyle increasing your chances of osteoporosis?

We love the sun. It’s the first thing we search for when we go on holiday. It’s the thing we consider when retiring. We complain when there are too many grey days. And we are gripped by an ‘island in the sun’ mentality when it comes to money. If we just work a bit smarter, […]

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Male Osteoporosis: facts to make men pause

Few men think about osteoporosis with any real concern. They assume it is mainly an ailment of elderly women past menopause. Well, pause – and think again. Not only is this silent disease also relevant to men, particularly over the ages of 65 – 70, but the number of men with osteoporosis is rapidly increasing. […]

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