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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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

Good Genes Good Bones

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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Benefit your bones by early Osteoporosis prevention

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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 […]

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Love your bones on World Osteoporosis day

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 […]

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Negative Nutrition factors that may influence Bone Health

Alcohol Moderate alcohol intake is not thought to be harmful to bone. In contrast, higher levels of alcohol intake – more than 2 standard units of alcohol daily – were found to produce a significant increase in the risk of hip and other osteoporotic fractures. Excessive alcohol intake is known to have direct detrimental effects […]

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Dairy – Good or Bad for your Bones?

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It appears that there still are many conflicting views about the health benefits of cow’s milk and this is being perpetuated by many “health” advisors who tell the public that cow’s milk is only good for calves and the evil source of many an unexplained ailment! Milk makes a very valuable contribution to a healthy […]

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