Blog Archives

The Value of Vitamin D: Still an important factor for those with Osteoporosis

Most people consider Vitamin D as a vital element to preserving bone and staving off Osteoporosis but rarely think how valuable it is once the illness has been diagnosed. However, the fact is that Vitamin D will still be important in helping your body cope with Osteoporosis even after a diagnosis has been made. It […]

READ MORE »

Fracturing Osteoporosis: Can I still exercise?

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.

READ MORE »

Osteoporosis and Exercise: Working your bones to better Health

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 »

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 […]

READ MORE »

Run For Your Bones: how weight bearing exercise builds bones

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 »

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 […]

READ MORE »

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. […]

READ MORE »

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, […]

READ MORE »

Too Close to the Bone: Effects of Smoking on your Bones

In the 1950s nearly everyone smoked. It was hip and happening – and if you were young, it looked cool. If you were a teenager, the reasoning was that it made you look grown up. And because all teenagers hate looking too young, anything that allows at snatch at adulthood is leapt upon with alacrity […]

READ MORE »

The stark reality of South Africa’s low calcium intake

It is no exaggeration to say that the effects of osteoporosis are crippling – that the causes of it can be effectively curtailed by knowing some simple dietary and lifestyle facts, therefore seems all the more concerning and unnecessarily cruel. Some disturbing statistics: The average daily intake of calcium in South Africa is approximately 400-500mg/day […]

READ MORE »