Women are interested in preventing the onset of osteoporosis. Individuals need to make informed decisions about initiating health promotion activities. Women hold many roles in our society. This poses a challenge to the time available to participate in many health promotion activities. This site offers reliable, accurate and understandable information. Try the self-assessment and evaluation tools which can be explored at your convenience. Learn ways to change your nutrition, and physical activity level. Learn how your lifestyle behaviours can prevent bone loss and reduce the chance of painful fractures.
Women are at higher risk of osteoporosis if they exhibit the following:
a family history of osteoporosis
are post menopausal
have had an early menopause (before the age of 40)
have experienced estrogen deficiencies in their early years
are Asian or Caucasian
are thin or small boned
have poor nutrition (especially calcium and vitamin D)
drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day
An inactive lifestyle
Eating disorders can result in ammenorhea, which is a loss of the menstrual cycle. If you don’t menstruate for six months or more in a row, then you may be at risk for bone loss due to the lack of estrogen in your body. Estrogen is stored in the body fat. Women who are very thin are not able to store estrogen as well as larger women.
Medication: Some medications affect bone health. Check with your doctor and pharmacist, or research the drug’s side effects.
Osteoporosis can be treated. And, in most cases, it can be prevented! In childhood, new bone is added faster than old bone is removed so that your bones become larger and denser as you grow. Adolescence is the most important bone building period. As teenagers, after reaching full height, our bones can become more dense. Calcium and physical activity are important to bone health.