Healthy Living For Strong Bones

Although our genes play a key role in deciding the potential size and strength of our skeleton, the way we live our life can play an important part in determining the amount of bone we invest in our bone ‘bank’ during our youth.

Healthy living is important throughout life, for building strong bones and to prevent, as far as possible, the loss of bone strength that occurs with osteoporosis. It continues to be important as we move into later life, when fragility fractures caused by osteoporosis are common. During childhood, adolescence and early adulthood, your skeleton is growing and it is vitally important to maximise bone strength. If you ‘bank’ plenty of bone in these years, your skeleton will be in a better position to withstand the loss of bone strength that occurs with advancing age. You can do this by taking plenty of weight-bearing exercise and eating a well-balanced, calcium-rich diet as well as developing other positive lifestyle habits such as not smoking or drinking excessive alcohol. Exercising continues to be essential as you get older, not only to improve bone strength but also to keep your muscles strong, which is vitally important to prevent you falling. Strengthening bones and reducing falls risk in older age will help to prevent fragility fractures. For more information about staying steady to prevent falls see our Living with osteoporosis Page

Healthy Eating for Strong Bones

Whatever your age or sex, it is vital to make sure that what you eat today will help to keep your skeleton strong for the future...

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Vitamin D

You need vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. The best source is sunlight, which your body uses during the summer months...

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Exercise and Strong Bones

Exercise is important for everyone at all stages of their lives, but is especially important for people with osteoporosis and at risk of fracture.

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Other Lifestyle Changes that can Help Bones

To see information on lifestyle changes that can help your bones

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Risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures

Finding out more about your risk factors can be helpful because there may be actions you can take to reduce these risks and ultimately make the ‘fragility fractures’ that mostly occur in older age less likely

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Resources Centre

The NOS produces a wide range of information leaflets, booklets, factsheets for people living with osteoporosis and for those wanting to improve their bone health.

Resources Centre

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