By Lucy Wyndham A number of scientific studies have shown that exercise can increase the mineral content in bones, making it an effective treatment therapy against osteoporosis. Figures indicate that 2.4 million South African adults over the age of 50 have Osteoporosis and alarmingly around 30% of hip fracture patients will die within a year. […]READ MORE »
Once you are diagnosed with Osteoporosis, exercise becomes key in strengthening the body to help avoid those events that may result in a bone fracture. One can approach those exercises with care but also a fair amount of confidence because, after all, no damage has been done – yet.
However, once a fracture has taken place, your awareness is heightened by fears that any exercise may cause further stress to the damaged bone.
Being diagnosed with Osteoporosis can be unsettling. It’s disconcerting to discover that your bones are not what they used to be, that they’ve let you down and it could hold consequences for the future. How do you care for a condition that you cannot see, and cannot really feel? There is the sudden concern that […]READ MORE »
November is bone health month – so join us for our Family Fun Run/Walk on 25 November at Durbanville – and “Rattle them Bones”! Here’s why you should be joining us Bones are living organs, and during your early to mid-20s, your bones accumulate a goodly supply of calcium. However, once you hit your 40s, […]READ MORE »
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. […]READ MORE »
Many of us fear “making old bones” for the seemingly inevitable health issues that come along with it. However, many illnesses associated with elderliness (like osteoporosis) are actually preventable. Growing old starts the day you are born and your 80-year-old body is by no means unrelated to your 8-year-old one. If you take care of […]READ MORE »
The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA) is calling all South Africans to love their bones on World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), celebrated worldwide on 20 October to promote awareness of osteoporosis. Click here to open the IOF video with information on Osteoporosis and how to best prevent it. Under its theme of Love Your […]READ MORE »
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 […]READ MORE »
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 […]READ MORE »
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 […]READ MORE »