Category Archives: General

5 Painless Tips for Overcoming Accessibility Issues When Living with Osteoporosis

No matter how well-intentioned a property owner may be, they may not be able to remove all hazards that could harm individuals living with osteoporosis. Unfortunately, there is very little you can do about commercial properties in South Africa that have accessibility issues. However, there are some steps you can take to guard yourself. 1. […]

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NOFSA Privacy Policy

This Privacy (“Policy”) covers the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA’s) treatment of personal information or personally identifiable information (both “Personal Information”) that may be collected or submitted when the web-user (“you”) are using NOFSA’s website or services. This Policy does not apply to companies that NOFSA does not own or control, or to […]

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That was then. Now is now: a Mother’s Determination

The following article was published in the May version of COPING (Osteoporosis Canada). Christine Thomas was only 42 when, bending to lift her newborn daughter, she fractured her spine. Diagnosed with five vertebral fractures as a result of unsuspected osteoporosis, she had no idea of the painful and transformative road she would have to travel […]

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Good Genes, Good Bones: getting more than granny’s melktert

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It’s always good to go to granny’s for Sunday dinner – home cooked is what you get, tasty and nutritious. And no guessing on pudding – from apple pie to melktert, you knew you were getting the best; recipes honed to perfection and passed down through the family generations. And if granny was hale and […]

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Osteoporosis and Longevity: childhood and adolescence

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Love life – and love your bones! The idea that osteoporosis is an old person’s complaint and only needs to be dealt with in old age, is entirely wrong. The future map of osteoporosis can be laid down the moment you are born, interlaid by your genetic blueprint. If there is a family history of […]

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Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis: do you know the difference?

The terms osteoporosis and osteoarthritis sound like very similar conditions but in reality they are two very different medical conditions with little in common. In both instances the word ‘osteo’ means bone. Osteoporosis affects the bones directly while osteoarthritis affects the joints between the bones. Therefore the symptoms are experienced differently, and the diseases develop […]

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Exercise and Bones 5

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Exercise Aids Rehabilitation By helping to build and maintain bone and by improving balance and posture, exercise can play a major role in preventing osteoporosis and fractures. But exercise can also play a crucial role in rehabilitation. Remember, muscle strength and bone strength is related. Muscle strengthening exercises can help to rebuild bone in those […]

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Exercise and Bones 4

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Exercise Helps Posture and Balance – Prevents Falls Although a person with osteoporosis is at much greater risk of suffering a bone fracture than someone with normal bone mineral density, studies have shown that it is often a fall that causes the fracture. This puts elderly people at even greater risk of fracturing a bone […]

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Exercise and Bones 3

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Exercise also maintains Bone in Adults Exercise does not only help to build bones in children and adolescents, it can also help to maintain bone in adults. Probably the most dramatic example of this is from a study where doctors examined astronauts after travelling in space at zero gravity. The most obvious consequence was the […]

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Exercise and Bones 2

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Bone is a living tissue! Old bone is constantly being chewed away and replaced by new bone. There is nothing permanent about living bone. Like a muscle, it can grow and it can shrink. It is in a constant state of change. Unfortunately, the biggest change comes with age. As we age, our bones naturally […]

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